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A Third of Diamond Bar's Children Obese

The city was ranked by researchers at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.

About a third of children in Diamond Bar are classified as being overweight or obese, according to a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.

The study, released earlier this month, was based on the California Department of Education’s 2010 Physical Fitness Tests. The UCLA researchers examined the reports from fifth, seventh and ninth grade students from schools in more than 250 Californian cities.

Diamond Bar’s obesity rate was set at 29.4 percent and was ranked among the cities with lower obesity rates, officials said.

The disparity between cities in the county ranged wildly, with both the highest and some of the lowest obesity rates in California.

Huntington Park had the highest obesity rate in the state with 53 percent. Manhattan Beach had the lowest at 11.3 percent.

For more facts and figures, check out the CCPHA site.

Gabriela Klein June 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM
There are too many factors that play a role in this issue, but some of them are obvious. Parents and their habits reflect on their children. At Costco one afternoon, I saw a parent shopping with her two overweight children. The cart: 5lbs of Goldfish crackers; frozen chicken burritos; frozen pizza; Frosted Flakes cereal; Sunny Delight "juice drink"; white bread; ham; and an enormous tub of chocolate chip muffinettes. The children were clinging, wide-eyed, begging their mother for every other colorful package they saw. It is up to each of us as parents to do the very best we can to teach our children the habits that will carry them through to adulthood and beyond. That said, kids will exchange their wholesome food at school for junk sometimes, but interestingly, the ones who bring the junk will trade for fruit or a sandwich. Hmmm.

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