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Thinking Outside the Clinical Box: "Dancetricians" Step Up Against Childhood Obesity
Claudia Hillam Lau
(April 19, 2017)
As a medical student, I quickly learned that
obesity is one of the most common health risks among school-age children. Rates
have quadrupled in the last 30 years from 5 percent to 21 percent, with
disproportionately higher rates among urban minority youth. Driven
in part by our increasingly sedentary lifestyle in the age of TV and video
games, less than half of elementary school children now achieve the
nationally recommended level of exercise of one hour daily.