Childhood Obesity And Its Effects On Children

920 WordsDec 1, 20154 Pages
Access to fresh fruits, vegetables and nutritious meals is an important component in combating childhood obesity. Socioeconomic conditions can limit access to quality food for many children. Without the ability to consume nutritious, low calorie food portions children are at risk for developing health conditions. In 2011, 20.6% of households with children in the U.S. have experienced food insecurity and it has been associated with negative health and development outcomes including more frequent common illnesses, iron-deficiency anemia, overweight or obese status, increased likelihood of hospitalization, increase risk of developmental delays, and lower physical and psychosocial functioning (DeMartini, Beck, Kahn & Klein, 2013, p. 1182). There are many federal programs that aid when poor socioeconomic situations exist, although they do not meet all the needs that exist. SNAP programs, USDA Commodities, Food Rescue programs, Mobile Pantry Program, Kids Café, Backpack Program, Community Gardens and Plant-A-Row for the Hungry Program are all of initiatives that Norfolk Virginia is incorporating to combat childhood obesity and provide fresh and nutritious food items to families (“Food Programs – Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore”). Norfolk has strived to improve the quality of food options to families and to further improve options available for school meals. Children spend a great portion of their day in school, eating sometimes breakfast and lunch in a
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