Continued Education and Outreach Key to Achieving Widespread Results
Statement from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Wake of New Childhood Obesity Rates Study
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CHICAGO – With more than one-third of American adults and 17 percent of children categorized as obese, the health of our nation and future generations is truly at stake, making obesity a top priority for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its members.
"While the results from the study published online February 26 by the Journal of the American Medical Association, showing the obesity rate among children ages two to five years old has dropped by 43 percent between 2003-2012, are promising, it is important to remember that no one study can be considered definitive," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Dr. Glenna McCollum. "As a science-based organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics draws on the entire body of research in our healthful-eating recommendations to consumers."
Research has shown, for example, that children need a high-quality diet of the right foods to optimize their growth and development and to maintain a healthy weight. This is why Kids Eat Right—a joint initiative of the Academy and its Foundation—has mobilized registered dietitian nutritionists nationwide to provide education and outreach to communities, families and kids.
"When it comes to addressing childhood obesity, registered dietitian nutritionists are on the front lines, working with individuals, families, schools and communities," McCollum said. "To name just one example, 170,000 children have been positively affected by Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play, an evidence-based program led by registered dietitian coaches that promotes nutrition, physical activity and energy balance knowledge and behavior changes."
"To make lasting, positive changes in the health of children and adults alike, and to help ensure that future research continues to find our national obesity rate going down, requires evidence-based, effective health interventions, as well as the skill and expertise of our country’s registered dietitian nutritionists," McCollum said.
More information on the Academy's efforts to improve the health of children and their families can be found by visiting www.KidsEatRight.org.
All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy's Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use "registered dietitian nutritionist" (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at www.eatright.org.