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To fight obesity, Delaware should cut back on sugary drinks (opinion)

Kara Odom Walker is a family physician and cabinet secretary for the Department of Health and Social Services. Karyl Rattay is a pediatrician and the director of the Division of Public Health. https://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2019/06/24/regulate-sugary-drinks-kids-menus/1523307001/

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    As of November 2016, there were 642 fast-food restaurants in Delaware, almost 60 percent of which are in New Castle County, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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    “The combination of high sugar content and acid makes soda especially damaging to teeth, and dentists see the devastating effects of this in our practices every day. Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic childhood disease and it affects children’s ability to chew, speak properly and learn in school…” –

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    According to a 2015 survey by the Division of Public Health, 41.7 percent of Delawareans did not meet the CDC’s guidelines for physical activity. The agency recommends adults exercise 150 minutes a week at a moderate intensity.

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    Children with obesity are at higher risk of having other chronic health conditions and diseases that influence physical health. These include asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease.

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Delaware has the 23rd highest adult obesity rate in the nation, and the 16th highest obesity rate for youth ages 10 to 17.

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Only 19.5% of Delawareans age 18 and older eat the recommended five or more servings a day.

As of November 2016, there were 642 fast-food restaurants in Delaware, almost 60 percent of which are in New Castle County, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The combination of high sugar content and acid makes soda especially damaging to teeth, and dentists see the devastating effects of this in our practices every day,” said CDA President Del Brunner, DDS. “Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic childhood disease and it affects children’s ability to chew, speak properly and learn in school…” –

 Diabetes cases in 2010 – 79,275


Projected cases of diabetes in 2030 at current pace – 121,193

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According to a 2015 survey by the Division of Public Health, 41.7 percent of Delawareans did not meet the CDC’s guidelines for physical activity. The agency recommends adults exercise 150 minutes a week at a moderate intensity.

In the U.S. childhood obesity alone is estimated to cost $14 billion annually in direct health expenses.

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 Children with obesity are at higher risk of having other chronic health conditions and diseases that influence physical health. These include asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease.

Children with obesity are bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers and are more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem.

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