Childhood obesity was recently listed by The American Academy of Pediatrics as one of the top five national children’s health issues of 2012. More than one third of children and teenagers are overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a frightening statistic that cannot be ignored. Not only does obesity give children higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, it has a significant effect on their self esteem and performance in school. The topic has become politically charged because of the varying stances prominent political figures have taken on the issue, including Michelle Obama’s strong fight against childhood obesity as demonstrated by her “Let’s Move” campaign.
1. http://www.nytimes.com/pages/health/nutrition/index.html The New York Times is a great resource because of the way it categorizes all of its news articles. There is not only a “Health” section, but also a subcategory called “Fitness and Nutrition.” I expect to find a number of good articles related to childhood obesity on this web page.
2. http://www.rwjf.org/childhoodobesity/digestlist.jsp This web page serves as a “news digest” on childhood obesity and provides links to key articles from journals, publications and blogs. All of the posts are consistently updated, and I am already interested in looking into the articles posted to this website.
3. http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/index Like The New York Times, USA Today has a specific section for all of their health related articles. I can further narrow my search by clicking on a top health topic or using the alphabetized organizer.
4. http://www.letsmove.gov/ Lets Move! is an initiative launched by Michelle Obama dedicated to fighting childhood obesity and fostering environments that promote healthy growth. I am excited to explore this web site to learn in detail what types of programs this initiative has created.
5. http://topics.cnn.com/topics/childhood_obesity CNN has an entire section of their website devoted to childhood obesity, which includes both videos and news articles.
6. http://abcnews.go.com/health I am excited to begin searching on abc news because of their comprehensive coverage of health related issues and their variety of subcategories that will help me narrow my search.
7. http://www.weightymatters.ca/ This blog is published by an obesity medicine doctor and a self-proclaimed “certifiably cynical realist.” I am confident this blog can re-direct me to a number of different sites I may not have otherwise visited, and will introduce me to new aspects and perspectives on the issue of childhood obesity that I am not yet aware of.
8. http://blog.fooducate.com// Just by browsing this blog, I am excited to get started exploring what it has to offer. The blog is all about preparing healthy food and is written by a father of three toddlers.
9. http://www.foodpolitics.com/ This blog will help me answer a lot of questions that I have regarding my topic.
10. http://www.npr.org/sections/food/?ft=1&f=1053 As a fan of NPR, I was excited to see that they had a whole “food” section on their website.