One Nation Overweight: Fighting Obesity in America

Quiz: QUIZ: Overweight And Obesity

Question 1 of 10

What percentage of Louisiana schoolchildren can be classified as overweight or obese?

  1. Less than 10%
  2. 25%
  3. 50%
  4. More than 50%

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