Some good news in the fight against childhood obesity: a recent study shows pre-schoolers are slimming down. A local nutritionist is doing her part to reduce the numbers with an eye-popping video that teaches youngsters how to eat healthy.
NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.
The goal: kids encouraging kids to eat healthy. Medical Nutritionist Nancy Lessner came up with the idea and put together a video collection that she believes has a powerful impact on how children view food.
"Often I see kids when they are referred by their pediatrician when they already are overweight. It occured to me I would love to get a project that really can help kids to learn to want to be health and get them at an earlier age," Lessner says.
"I don't think I'm going to like french fries any more," says one child in the video.
In her series, "Eat Right, Drink Right, Live Right" Lessner shows children how french fries are made and the mysterious ingredients in chicken nuggets.
The new videos come on the heels of a recent study in the Journal Pediatrics. It shows obesity rates among children between the ages of two and five are down about five percent from 2003 to 2012.
Researchers analyzed the weight of about 16,000 children and teens, but the National Health and Nutrition Exam Survey was not all good news. For older children who are obese—their waist size remained pretty much the same. Nancy Lessner says her initial research shows the videos pack quite a punch.
"What we learned was by simply looking at a video seeing the information, they were quickly able to change their minds," Lessner says.
In one of the videos, Lessner show the kids how much sugar is in soda.
"That's enough sugar for eight whole days," she says, demonstrating.
"Wow!" says one of the kids.
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