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FCC forum highlights child obesity

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The issue of childhood obesity brought doctors, teachers and the Federal Communications Commission to the campus of Vanderbilt University Tuesday.

Studies show nine to 10 million American children are considered obese and another 15% are considered at risk of becoming so.

Tuesday's forum showcased a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine and a national task force led by the FCC.

FCC commissioner Deborah Tate spoke of efforts to increase advertising for children's foods that are healthy.

"The steps that have been made are just that, they are first steps, and we need to keep moving forward," she told the forum.

Additional ads for healthy kids' foods are one of many avenues aimed at curbing childhood obesity.

"The time for action is now and for us to be effective we have to partner and work together in creative and innovative ways, " said Dr. Shari Barkin, who spearheaded the forum as chief of general pediatrics for Vanderbilt's Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital.

The study listed 10 recommendations.
 
At the top the study said "Government, at all levels, should provide coordinated leadership for the prevention of child obesity."

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