Obesity in Children
Topics: Obesity, Nutrition / Pages: 8 (1895 words) / Published: Jun 23rd, 2012

Obesity in Children

1.0 Introduction

Article 1: Obesity among School Children – Causes and Treatment
Writer: Prof. Dr. Nasoha Saabin
Source: http://mthago.wordpress.com/2011/05/14/obesity-among-school-children-causes-and-treatment/

Obesity among school children in Malaysia is gradually growing until the Minister of Health has issued a rule to prohibit school canteen from selling Nasi Lemak to the school children as he believes that Nasi Lemak has provided too much carbohydrate which is mainly needed by fishermen and farmers only (that are considered as energy-consuming jobs) and detrimental to the school children. The implementation of this rule has, however, raised arguments among the Malaysians including the writer as they believe that there are other causes contributing to the childhood obesity. First cause is the school children’s wrong lifestyle where they would usually take food with excessive amount of carbohydrate and sugar to ease their stress. Plus, the school children would usually take the wrong food which highly contains carbohydrate as their breakfast at the school canteen because the students have to leave for school very early until they can hardly have wholesome breakfast at home. Thirdly, most of the Malaysians will take fried food instead of boiled and steamed food as their lunch and dinner due to their inadequate lunch hour. The saturated oil of fried food is unhealthy to the body as it can become plague in the blood vessels of our body and lead to an obstruction of blood flow. Thus, it is strongly advised by the writer that school children should have a wholesome breakfast that contains fruits, vegetables, protein, fibres and green tea every morning. Fried food should be substituted with boiled and steamed food that contains least amount of saturated oil too.

Article 2: Obesity in Children
Writer: John McLennan
Source: http://softballone.com/rfe/obesity.pdf

Childhood and adolescents obesity is increasing



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