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Obesity is Becoming The New "American Normal"

Published On: Nov 15 2012 07:59:17 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 15 2012 07:50:00 PM CST
Redding, Calif. -

We’re a fat nation, and experts are saying that many of our young children are already too heavy to serve in the military. 

Experts say that obesity is already the most common chronic illness in America and Northern California is no different.

Childhood obesity has also increased drastically.  Its rates have tripled since 1970, and are still on the rise.  April Jurisich is the Healthy Students Initiative Coordinator.

“It is an extreme crisis.  Over 65% of the adult population is overweight or obese.  That's more than half of us," said Jurisich, “When you look around the room, most people fall into that category these days.”

And it’s not just Shasta County.  Almost one third of Tehama and Butte County’s children are overweight or obese. 

Shasta County schools are taking this issue very seriously and are rethinking how food is prepared in an effort to combat the epidemic. 

They have started putting lunch after recess, and are now serving more fruits and veggies.  Lunches are also changing from easy “heat and eat” foods to more nutritious foods prepared in the cafeteria.