Narrator: This is Science Today. One out of three children born in the year 2000 will have diabetes sometime in their life. This U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistic dramatically illustrates the problem of childhood obesity in this country. Patricia Crawford, co-director of the Center for Weight and Health at the University of California, Berkeley, says this is not acceptable.
Crawford: We have to take drastic steps because our children's health is really at stake. We can no longer say, “well, we really want them to make healthy choices and all foods are good food in moderation”. I think we really have to look at the messages that we've been giving parents and say that it's not working – that the environment really promotes eating of these other foods and an inactive lifestyle and this in combination is putting your child at risk for very serious diseases.
Narrator: Crawford is part of a statewide effort with educators, park and recreation officials and healthcare providers to make California's children healthier through policy changes and new messaging campaigns. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.