Last summer, when we traveled to France, I was shocked to see a significant number of heavyweight children. I’d read plenty about the globalization of childhood obesity, but seeing it firsthand made the statistics a reality. The American lifestyle of convenience foods and packed schedules have spread; French supermarkets we walked through were filled with ready to eat products filled with preservatives and aisles of fattening snacks. Instead of improving, the obesity epidemic is spreading. We need to find a way to empower children to manage their nutrition and protect them from a future of heart disease and diabetes.
Making a significant change in Children’s nutrition is about more than whether or not to ban chocolate milk in schools. It’s about fundamentally changing the way we think about eating. It’s about returning to taking the time to savor our meals, about feasting through life, but feasting in moderation.
I was recently asked by The Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) to spread the word about an important webinar on childhood obesity. The webinar, featuring experts on childhood nutrition, is taking place tomorrow. Anyone can attend and join in this important discussion. Just log on tomorrow at 11 am EST to view the webinar and participate in the q&a. I have been compensated by BCFN to promote this webinar.
WHAT: Nutrition & Children: Sustainable Models for the Future Generations — Live Webinar
WHO: Speakers include:
- Alex Thomson, Journalist and Moderator
- John Cook Ph.D., M.A.Ed., Research Scientist and Co-Principal Investigator at Children’s HealthWatch, Boston – Cook’s research interests include examining the effects of hunger, food security and energy security on children’s health and ways to increase access to affordable, healthy food.
- Robert Lustig MD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of California at San Francisco – Lustig is Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program (WATCH) at the University of California at San Francisco.
- Claudio Maffeis MD, Head of the Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Unit, University of Verona, Italy – Maffeis is Vice President of the European Childhood Obesity Group and Chair of the Childhood Obesity Research Group of the Italian Society of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology.
WHERE: Visit http://www.barillacfn.com/en and click full-screen view. Webinar should be available for on-demand playback on the same day.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I’ll be tuning in tomorrow and will be tweeting the webinar with the hashtag #SustainOurChildren . I’d love to have you join me in the discussion both on Twitter and in the webinar. Together, we can make an impact in our children’s lives.