On Friday September 13, 2013, the LA Times published the following article:
“Public Health Dept., restaurants team up for healthier dining
L.A. County restaurants are joining the Public Health Department's campaign to offer patrons smaller portions and healthier children's meals. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health launched a partnership Thursday with restaurants throughout the region to promote healthier options for customers. To be part of the Choose Health LA Restaurants program, places must offer smaller portion sizes and healthier children's meals with less fried food and more fruits and vegetables.
The program is the latest effort to attack the obesity epidemic in Los Angeles County, where about 23% of residents are obese. The county has also been encouraging residents to eat less and to give up soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. "Small changes in what we eat every day, at every meal can make a huge difference in terms of not only our weight but our overall health,"
Kudos to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials. I believe these kind of initiatives put us in the right path to a better quality of live. Although far from reaching a critical mass, I think, every little effort counts. The obesity problem, and child obesity in particular, is that serious.
As we discuss in previous blog (See “Overweight Children” and “Obesity II”, May 2012), “…it is about your behavior, mom, dad, not your child’s. You change the child’s behaviors by changing the behaviors of the adults that take care of that child. Plain and simple. No kid starves if there is food available. So it is about what is available.”
We are responsible for our health. But more so for our children’s health. And that is good parenting.
Daniel Adatto, BCBAcadatto@tesidea.com