Docs prescribe anti-obesity Rx slips

February 23, 2010 11:26:22 AM PST
Don't be surprised if the pediatrician hands out an anti-obesity prescription at your child's next doctor visit.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which is based in suburban Elk Grove Village, has teamed up with the White House to prevent childhood obesity. As part of the effort, pediatricians are being asked to hand out the anti-obesity prescriptions to their patients. Download the Anti-Obesity Rx (PDF)

The Rx for Healthy Active Living lists four daily tasks:

  • eating at least five fruits and vegetables;
  • limiting screen time (TV, videogames, computers) to two hours or less;
  • getting at least one hour of physical activity;
  • and drinking fewer sugary drinks.

During well-child visits, the AAP is asking doctors to determine the Body Mass Index (BMI) of patients and share that information with their parents to help a child reach and maintin a healthy weight and active lifestyle.

First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the campaign, called Let's Move, to fight childhood obesity, a growing problem that has tripled in 30 years.