Decreasing Childhood and Adolescent Obesity by Encouraging Healthy Habits

 

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the past 30 years’ childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents. Also, in 2012 more than a third of children and adolescents were either overweight or obese. Obesity is a disorder that could easily be avoided if taken the right precautions. For an example, there are many schools where their lunchrooms consist of McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Chick-Fil-A and several other fast-food restaurants. Not one of those choices promotes healthy eating habits, in fact, it encourages children and adolescents to feed into these bad eating habits. Republican education consultant, Stephanie Salm, shared her thoughts “I believe in today’s society, elementary schools should be required for students to have a physical education class and they should be taught about how to live a healthy lifestyle. At a young age, teachers should be role models for young kids, showing them how to lead a healthy lifestyle. During lunch hour, the school system can be sure to have a selection of healthy sides along with each meal to promote healthy living!”

Schools have full control over what kind of health environment they chose to promote whether it be through food choices, health classes, and physical education. Health education is extremely important especially in raising awareness for health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes, and several types of cancer. Encouraging healthy eating habits is quite simple, and schools can do this just by showing how many calories each food contains, reduce sodium in meals, have the options of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is one of the sources that helps promote healthy meals. NSLP is a federally sponsored meal program that works in public and nonprofit private schools as well as residential child care institutions. The purpose of the NSL program is to offer nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children per school day. This program has stressed the importance to Congress on increasing their funds, particularly due because of the childhood obesity crisis.

Public distress has encouraged state and federal representatives to compete for the position of the most compassionate and determined public trustees, by beginning a new “war against obesity” in proposing rules and laws that control sociological, economic, genetic, and political causes of obesity. It’s quite obvious that there is no disagreement on the goal of preventing childhood obesity, rather the issue lies upon finding a way to determine the degree of government involvement.

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By Calculating Which Legislative Positions Provide the Greatest Amount of Political Support Essential for Reelection, Legislators Will Propose and Support Laws Most Effective to Achieve This Goal. “Legislative: Obesity: From a Health Issue to a Political and Policy Issue.” Legislative: Obesity: From a Health Issue to a Political and Policy Issue. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2016.

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Ross, Bob. “Childhood Obesity and Nutrition: Study Recommends New School Lunch Guidelines.” Education.com. N.p., 06 Jan. 2011. Web. 19 Sept. 2016.

 

Lehmann, Deborah. “Why School Cafeterias Are Dishing Out Fast Food.”Education.com. N.p., 21 Oct. 2013. Web. 19 Sept. 2016.