Childhood Obesity

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Childhood obesity today has grown to epidemic proportions in the United States. Today over 16% of children and adolescents from six to 19 years of age are overweight and/or obese. Children need to have the proper guidance to eat healthier foods, and have more physical activity on a daily basis. Obesity in children carries the risk of, high cholesterol, depression, and type 2 diabetes in children. Our schools need to implement salad bars and replace vending machines with healthier alternatives. Parents and school officials need to be more aggressive to help control childhood obesity (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2004).

Children that are obese need to be taught about eating healthy food choices, from whole-grain foods, fruits, vegetables, and cut down on fried foods. Proper nutrition education is well documented to be effective in combating obesity in students. Parents can help guide their children to keep track of their eating habits, by keeping a food journal. Involving the whole family to eat healthier foods, and planning fun physical activities together, will help show your child that he is not being singled out. Parents are the role models whose health behaviors play a vital role in the development of their children. The health and welfare is a concern that we as parents need to take very serious. (The Center for Childhood Obesity) stressed “that parents, and educators have to be better role models for our children; it is their futures that we are putting at risk”. Successful childhood obesity prevention will require action at multiple levels; interventions must provide support to individuals, families, schools, healthcare providers, and communities to foster healthier eating and activity programs to reduce obesity risk and promote healthy growth and development. Furthermore, with the budget cuts and the rise in childhood obesity more needs to be done to put longer physical education classes back into our schools, whatever that cost...
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