Childhood Obesity And Its Effects On Children

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Many Americans are struggling with keeping a healthy weight, and this problem even is seen through this country’s children. Schools should educate children about obesity and the consequences it has on their bodies. Overweight children are more common in today’s society because of the bad choices parents and schools make toward feeding their children. When the time comes to make healthy decisions, children can make bad choices because of the influences brought on by their environments. Children need to be taught how to eat healthy and perform more exercises. Since children are in school many hours a day, the schools need to help end this problem by preparing healthier meals, encouraging students to exercise, and educating the students about the health problems related to obesity.
One way schools can decrease childhood obesity is to prepare healthy meals and encourage children to eat healthy in and outside school. In order to prevent childhood obesity, school should provide healthier lunches because children spend more time in school than in their homes. “Good nutrition is essential to student health. That means replacing junk food with more fruits, vegetables and meals prepared with nutritious ingredients.” (healthy schools campaign) Schools should provide fresh food that is prepared in school and provides sufficient nutrients that children need in their meals. Therefore, cookies, ice cream and donuts should avoid in schools because they have low nutritional value.

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