The Assembly Women and Children Committee heard testimony this morning about child obesity. Dr. Arturo Brito, Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Services testified that one third of 10 to 17 year olds in New Jersey are overweight or obese. The epidemic is especially prevalent among low income families.
Committee chair Pamela Lampitt said that after receiving testimony from various health care professionals, the committee will draft legislation to be introduced after the summer break to address the obesity problem.
On a day in Trenton that is consumed by budget and education issues, we can’t forget that our schools will never improve until we address the issue of poverty and the ancillary health problems it creates.