The soaring rate of childhood obesity is extremely alarming. For the first time ever, a child’s life expectancy is actually less than their parents due to the medical conditions that can accompany obesity. According to the CDC, approximately 12.5 million children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese. What is more startling is that pre-teen and teen obesity rates in Illinois actually exceed U.S. levels. As a dietitian and diabetes educator, I have seen firsthand how prevalent childhood obesity is in Chicago.
Kovler is committed to helping not only our patients but our community to become healthier. We are proud to be involved with the local organization CLOCC (Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children). They have been instrumental in promoting change in Chicago to lower the rates of childhood obesity.
I recently had the pleasure of attending the CLOCC quarterly meeting last month. It was such a great experience to be surrounded by so many people that are passionate about reversing this epidemic in Chicago. Additionally, I was able to learn more about the projects that are currently being led by CLOCC; their 5-4-3-2-1 Go! healthy lifestyle message is a great way to encourage families to eat healthier and become more active. They have also partnered with teachers and Chicago Department of Public Health to influence our schools and our city environment.
There is no doubt that the factors contributing to obesity are complex, but working together on a local level will get us closer to finding solutions that work. We are excited to be involved with this amazing organization to promote healthy changes in our community.
Julia Socke, RD, LDN, CDE
Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Outreach Coordinator