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Obesity Among Foster City Children

Statewide ratings for 2010 have just been released. See how the children of Foster City compare to other cities in the state and county.

The UCLA Health Center for Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy this month released the first-ever report detailing the numbers of overwight and obese children in cities across the state.

In a press release sharing the study's results, representatives called the numbers "shocking."

Foster City, however, appears to be faring better than the average for both San Mateo County and California. Here are the statistics for cities across the County.

  • Burlingame: 24.4 percent
  • Millbrae: 24.8 percent
  • Menlo Park: 26.1 percent
  • San Carlos: 29.2 percent
  • Foster City: 29.9 percent
  • Pacifica: 33.1 percent
  • San Mateo: 33.2 percent
  • Redwood City: 37.4 percent
  • Daly City: 39.2 percent
  • San Bruno: 43.4 percent
  • South San Francisco: 47 percent

In Foster City, 29.9 percent of children are considered overweight or obese.

The city with the lowest percentage in San Mateo County was Burlingame, with 24.4 percent. The city with the highest number of overweight or obese children was South San Francisco, with nearly double that, or 47 percent.

The overall average for San Mateo County was 34.1 percent. The overall average for California was 38 percent.

Statewide, the worst city in terms of obesity among children was Huntington Beach, with 53 percent. The best-performing city was Manhattan Beach, with 11 percent.

Patch wants to know your thoughts - what do you think is the answer to preventing obesity in children? Is it a problem parents are ultimately responsible for, or is society to blame? Or, a combination of both? How do you think cities and counties can help, if at all?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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Mamta S Nanda June 18, 2012 at 03:55 PM
It would be nice to start a Boot Camp class in the evenings for obese kids followed by a nutrition tip of the day( 10 min pep talk). This could include their parents too. Rewarding the kids with various gifts and also a certificate of completion, will motivate them and jump start their lifestyle change. These classes should be done through the recreation center for a minimal fee, so that it encourages everyone to join. As a parent I would love to help in any way possible to kick start this.
gwen lee June 18, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Of course, parents are ultimately responsible for the nutritional health of their children. Parents do the grocery shopping and determine which foods are brought into the household. Healthy food instead of all the junk food provided for school lunches would be extremely helpful to lower obesity rates.
Sheilagh Polk June 19, 2012 at 06:10 PM
According to a recent parent poll from Coaching Corps, parents across the nation want to tackle the childhood obesity crisis but they need help - this is particularly true for parents from low-income communities. High costs to play sports and lack of safe neighborhood spaces all contribute to this crisis. Volunteer coaches can help reduce cost and give after-school programs much needed staff and community organizations and schools can share space so kids have safe places to get moving.

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