Discussion on how to reduce childhood obesity


According to the CDC, childhood obesity has immediate and long-term impacts on physical, social and mental health.

School officials in Carter County are hoping to put an end to childhood obesity there.

Saturday, experts were in Elizabethon, educating both people from the public and the school system on a whole food plant based diet.

This diet doesn't allow for meat, dairy or added oil.

Officials are hope starting early in a child's life will help them live a long, healthy life.

"Heart disease starts in early childhood and it's all about what we teach them in early childhood to eat," Sonya Miller, with Carter County schools said.

"It's a very difficult thing to do because most American's, we're used to a culture of excess. We have access to so many calories and sweets and fats, so our hope is really to continue to move this revolution in a direction," Brian Hart said.