What percentage of Louisiana schoolchildren can be classified as overweight or obese?
In 2009, the Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning conducted a study of over 14,000 students in six Louisiana parishes. The study found that 20% of the children were overweight, while a shocking 32% were obese. Dr. Billy R. Stokes, the center's executive director, named three culprits in these findings. "We've seen over three decades of children gaining weight due to poor eating habits, a decrease in physical activity, and an increase in television and media use."
SOURCE: UL Study: More Than Half Of Louisiana School Children Overweight | The Independent Weekly