Child Obesity Discussion

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As a coach of young children, I completely agree with the two articles and the video. I believe obesity in children is preventable, and in extreme cases it should be consider a form of abuse and neglect. I agree with removing children from their parents in extreme cases of obesity. Parents have either lost full control or completely neglected a child’s health and action must be taken to protect the child. I commend the mother in the video for taking initiative with her daughter’s health. I felt she made a perfect analogy when she said she would have to intervene if her child had a nut allergy or diabetes, she was right in comparing obesity to those cases.

I think the “Let’s Move” campaign is a great initiative. I’ve attempted to implement a similar program called “Play 60” sponsored by the NFL at my school. The problems I frequently encounter when implementing these sorts of programs is support from the parents and even some staff. Many parents and some teachers don’t see physical education as a priority in elementary and often overlook the programs we attempt to launch. I believe the problem begins at home. Parent’s need to educate their children about making healthy choices and encourage them to participate in physical activity and daily exercises. I believe a community effort is required to really turn this issue around. Our community must be more conducive to physical activity to help promote these programs. We require more sidewalks, bike lanes, street lamps, parks and trails.

What I find most surprising about the facts provided is that they have been provided for years and parents continue to ignore the warnings. I think one must provide logical support to inform both the parent and child. There are a variety of applications on smart phone that can provide projected weight loss or weight gain information. One app in particular is called My Fitness Pal. This app allows you to record your calorie consumption and exertion and then...
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