In an attempt to protect our children and prepare for the future health of our community, the James Wesley Vines, Jr. Medical Society, a component society of the National Medical Association, is calling for the removal of sodas from the vending machines on the campuses of our childrens schools in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
The education process does not end in the classroom. The schools should help set the example for a better lifestyle for our children with beverages that promote a healthier diet thus reducing obesity, says the president of the James Wesley Vines, Jr. Medical Society, Lisa Perry-Gilkes, MD FACS.
Studies have shown that obesity is on the rise in the children of America. Fifteen percent of 6 to 19-year-olds were overweight in 1999-2000, compared with 11% in 1988-1994.
The number of children 2 to 5 that are overweight rose from 7% to 10%. Hardest hit were people of color, both African and Mexican American adolescents, in whom the rate of obesity increased more than 10%, as reported in the October 9th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Diseases that are brought on by obesity continue to plague the Inland Empire. San Bernardino County reportedly had the highest rate of cardiovascular disease in the state of California. The African American community disproportionately suffers from diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
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