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Addressing the issue of childhood obesity

Obesity is generally defined as the abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat in adipose tissue to the extent that health may be impaired. (Kiess W, 2004) According to the CDC childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%. This paper will be focusing on school aged children that are considered to be obese and ways to keep the kids healthy. Although schools provide lunch for the children they can make the meal choices much healthier. The schools can get the children involved in activities during class hours not only just during gym. Reversing the obesity epidemic requires a long-term, well-coordinated approach to reach young people where they live, learn, and play. Schools have a big part to play. Working with other public, voluntary, and private sector organizations, schools can play a critical role in reshaping social and physical environments and providing information, tools, and practical strategies to help students adopt healthy lifestyles. Children spend a good majority of their days in school. If the schools can get involved and set forth a getting healthy plan of some sort it would be much easier to tackle the problem of childhood obesity. Parents need to get involved and propose healthier lunches and snacks. Some parents would go as far as using food as a reward system. For example, they would take their children to McDonald’s if they behaved well in school that day. When several overweight teenagers from New York sued McDonald’s, blaming the fast-food giant for their obesity and weight related medical conditions, their case provided ample fodder in the debate over personal responsibility versus society’s responsibility for causing and curbing fatness. The question on many people’s minds was, what...
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