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The US National Academies' Institute of Medicine has issued a report urging that government and school officials take a more active role in dealing with the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic.

Among the recommendations:

  • Schools should measure and record each year every child’s height, weight and body mass index.

  • All foods and beverages sold on school property should meet certain nutritional guidelines, including have less fat and sugar than is now typical.

  • Every student should have at least 30 minutes of exercise a day in school-sponsored activities.

  • Parents should feed their kids healthier food, demand that they exercise more, and restrict TV and computer time, while communities should provide more recreational services to children.

  • The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should sponsor a national conference that would set guidelines for the marketing of food and beverage products to children.

The report was commissioned by the US Congress.
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