One in three Kansas children are overweight or obese

Dr. Robert Moser, Secretary of Health and Environment, testified before my Health and Human Services Committee towards the end of this year's Legislative Session on the topic of obesity. Unfortunately Kansas is the 14th most obese state in the nation. One in three Kansas children are overweight or obese. Children who are overweight are more likely to be overweight as adults.
The consequences of being overweight include educational and social problems, poor self esteem, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and sleep apnea.
Kansas Action for Children is focusing on early care and education settings to reduce the rate of childhood obesity in Kansas and improve the health of all Kansas children. As part of this program individuals are being encouraged to “pass on pop” each Sunday in 2014. Sugar-sweetened drinks, like soda, are full of empty calories. They can harm teeth and bones and contribute to weight gain. Even diet soda can be harmful as artificial sweeteners can cause a craving for sweets and ultimately result in the consumption of more calories.
By starting small and passing on pop on Sundays it will become easier to reduce your consumption of pop the other days of the week. Reducing soda consumption is a huge step in reducing weight.
Kansas Representative David Crum (R-Augusta) District 77 can be reached at or 785-296-6989