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Rasmussen College

Elise Pfliger

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This paper is being submitted on February 10, 2013, to Jaqueline Schultz EC120/EEC1734 Section 02 Health Safety and Nutrition at Rasmussen College by Elise Pfliger.

Childhood obesity is a condition that negatively affects a child’s health or wellbeing. Childhood obesity can be easily remedied if a parent, caregiver and child all work together to teach the child the correct way to prepare and eat food. A lot of adults are calling child who are obese overweight instead of hurting a child’s feelings. A child can develop more problems if they are teased by other children.

Children with childhood obesity can develop bad eating habits that can carry over into the future. They can also have severe emotional trauma from other children. Children can be harsh and say mean things in spite of another child’s feelings. Children are more apt to be diagnosed with childhood diabetes if they are overweight.

I would suggest teaching a child about the food pyramid so that they can learn the different food groups. I would also teach them about how many foods from every food group they should ingest in a day. I would suggest adding more physical activities to get the child off the couch and outdoors. Joining a team sport could help the child learn that physical activities can help them be able to run and play like their peers. I would lastly talk with the child about why they are having hard time with their weight. Finding the root of the problem can give a caregiver or parent the tools to help a child learn more about eating better foods and becoming more active.

Childhood obesity is a problem in the United States and it is growing every year. Tackling the problem behind the obesity can help teach children how to properly eat different foods and how much to eat as well. It also is up to the parents to enforce rules so that a child can learn an...
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