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Zeroing in on childhood obesity

The fact that September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month means that childhood obesity is well accepted as an epidemic in our country. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota recently released a white paper that examined the issue of childhood obesity. The assessment revealed a startling conclusion from an obesity expert with the World Health Organization that “the die is cast by the age of five,” referring to the prenatal and early childhood determinants of a child’s likelihood of becoming obese.