Your Healthy Family

Apr 25, 2014 7:23 PM by Annie Snead

Your Healthy Family: Local Numbers on Obesity

New numbers are out on how El Paso County is doing when it comes to weight.
It's the children who are still at risk.
"I really believe that one of the core issues is that we're just not active enough," said Jill Law, El Paso County Public Health Director.
Law says the Annual Health Report released this month shows the numbers for overweight and obese adults in our community.
While Colorado is one of the most fit states, just under 58% of El Paso County Adults are overweight or obese.
That number hasn't gotten any worse, but it's not getting any better.
But Law's real concern is that adolescents showed no improvement.
"In fact we have concerns that they went from the overweight category into more of an obese category for those that are considered overweight or obese, so that is definitely a group or population that I would like to see us all work together to focus on," she said.
She says one of the reasons is many of us have become too sedentary.
"I think we have become too customed to too much screen time or TV time or computer time, and we have forgotten to go out and enjoy beautiful days like today," Law said.
She hopes parents will make time for their kids to do daily activities.
Trends suggest by next year nearly one in three Colorado high school students will be overweight or obese.
"This will be our future business leaders and our next generation, and we want them to have the same life expectancy time span that we have," she added.

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