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Study: More Than a Fourth of Glendora Kids Are Obese

Data released by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows that 26.9 percent of Glendora's children are obese.

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released data this month showing that 26.9 percent of Glendora children are obese, a rate below the state average.

About 38 percent of children are obese statewide, according to the data based on information compiled for 250 cities in California. Glendora also finished below the Los Angeles County average of 41.6 percent.

The study used data from the California Department of Education’s 2010 Physical Fitness Tests to determine obesity rates in 5th, 7th, and 9th grade school children.

The disparity between cities in the county ranged wildly, with both the highest and some of the lowest obesity rates in California.

Huntington Park had the highest obesity rate in the state with 53 percent. Manhattan Beach had the lowest at 11.3 percent.

In a policy recommendation, the Center for Health Policy Research said fixing the state's obesity epidemic will require intervention at schools in addition to parental outreach.

"The epidemic of childhood obesity will not be solved by calling for individual behavior change alone," the center wrote. "To address this health crisis, state and local leaders must address the conditions in schools and communities that contribute to the epidemic and undermine parents’ efforts to protect their children’s health."

Parent June 14, 2012 at 03:42 PM
The cost for the schools to have only fresh fruit and vegetables and "only" healthy foods (no pizza, no mac n cheese, no taquitos) would be astronomical. Their only option would be to pass that expense on to the parents. School lunches would be impossibly expensive for the majority of parents (even in Glendora) to afford. In Kindergarten each child is given a number to memorize that is their school lunch code (when they buy lunch, they punch their number into the computer...it's like a debit card). I threw each of my children's numbers away and told them they would never use it. I refuse to pay money for lunches at school when I can make them a healthier lunch at home for half the price. Parents need to stop being lazy and taking the convenience of giving their kids a few dollars to buy lunch. Make them a healthy lunch at home and then don't let them sit in front of the TV. Glendora has excellent youth programs and lots of parks and sidewalks! Stop blaming the schools and look to the households.
Steven Hanson June 14, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Bill, your solution is too practical and pragmatic to make sense to those who think that changing policy or legislating habits that are learned and regulated at home will work. You can put whatever you want into schools but if kids are determined to eat junk food, they will find a way (unless they have been taught at home not to). As a teacher, I have seen thousands of fruits, veggies and other "healthy" foods thrown out in school cafeterias. Unless directives and ingrained habits come from the parents, nothing done at schools will help...except maybe more exercise, like Bill suggests!
Ian June 14, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Tell you what..... when school starts up again in September, take a leisurely stroll along Foothill Blvd. Start at Foothill and Valley Center, at say, 8:00am, and walk west until you get almost to Glendora Avenue. You will then see why over 25% of Glendora's kids are obese.
waterbug June 20, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I totally agree with you all. It is not difficult to make a quick healthy lunch. Plan ahead as you would anything else. However if it is a lifestyle, not too much planning would be needed as healthy choices would be readily available in your kitchen. I to walked to school and went out to play for awhile I had to be home before the street light came on. Go figure....no cell phones either. I walked and rode my bike to school. It is a learned lifestlye for sure. By observation I do see kids throwing away full sandwiches and lunches from home only to buy chips,cookies, sugar slushies and " natural fruit drinks" . So BK is right when he says they 'll find a way to the junk food. You just hope they eat it.
waterbug June 20, 2012 at 02:28 AM
To be clear ...the healthy food of course. Not the junk food.

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