CDC's Childhood Obesity Report is Misleading, Say Obesity Documentary Filmmakers

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A member of the CDC comments as "Killer at Large" obesity documentary filmmakers explain the math behind the numbers about how many kids in America are getting fat.

Absolutely. A third of the population is still obese. There's some hope, but the best news is when we see a decrease.

According to "Killer at Large" filmmakers, the recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report is misleading America about the crisis of the childhood obesity epidemic. The report states that obesity prevalence among children aged 2-19 in the U.S. has leveled off and made no significant gains between 1999 and 2006.

The report, "High Body Mass Index for Age Among U.S. Children and Adolescents, 2003-2006," is the latest analysis based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, conducted by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

In the 1970s, using today's standards, 10-percent of children were overweight and five-percent were obese. As of this report, that figure has more than doubled (perhaps more so, taking into account statistical errors cited in the study). Today, as much as 32-percent or more of America's children are overweight or obese.

"It's bizarre to read the news about these reports and then read the actual reports themselves, you get two different pictures of the situation," said Bryan Young, producer of the upcoming film on the obesity epidemic "Killer at Large", "when they say 'no significant gains' we're still talking about 2-3 percent of our children potentially crossing over into the threshold of obesity."

Steven Greenstreet, director of "Killer At Large" added, "A lot of people are taking this new CDC study as news that the problem is going away. It isn't. It might not be getting any worse statistically, but 32-percent of our nation's young people overweight is 32-percent too much."

"The fact remains," Young continued, "that based on their numbers we still have millions of kids overweight and with the small amount of money and effort the government is focusing on the problem of obesity, it's obvious that their responses are not nearly robust enough to combat the problem and allowing fast food companies and soda manufacturers 'regulate themselves' is clearly going to lead to a worsening of the problem."

Greenstreet agreed, "This is very much a black eye for the government response."

When asked for comment, Dr. Cynthia Ogden, a PHD level epidemiologist at the CDC National Center for Health Statistics and author of the report agreed as well, "Absolutely. A third of the population is still obese. There's some hope, but the best news is when we see a decrease."

"Killer At Large" is set for release later this year after a tour of major film festivals. It features interviews and footage of notable experts and celebrities speaking on the topic of the American obesity epidemic including Former President Bill Clinton, Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, Ralph Nader, Dr. Kelly Brownell, Dr. Marion Nestle, and bestselling authors Michael Pollan and Chef Ann Cooper, among many others.

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