The Epidemic of Childhood Obesity Essay

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There is an epidemic so fierce, it is impacting families from California to Maine. It is not the

Ebola epidemic. It is childhood obesity. An estimated 1 in 7 children between the ages of 6 to 17

are overweight and/or obese. That is a staggering 14 percent. Compared to 5 percent

almost 20 years ago. Hispanics, African-Americans, and American Indians, females to

males are more prone to this devastating medical condition. So many divided on an

issue that everyone can see; the health and welfare of children. Obesity can be

controlled and possibly maintained. At what cost and how many are willing to pay the

price to fight this disease?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the average American
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Some parents say physical education is necessary in school

but teachers lack the time and schools lack fund due to the “no child left behind

legislation” which takes up time to prep students for testing from other courses.

Most children are products of the American public school system. School

systems nationwide are feeling the economic crunch along with the parents who send

their children to be taught. Districts everywhere are faced with daunting task of

“balancing the budget.” Schools are forced with cost of hiring new teachers, more

students attending with no increase in income, creating a equal academic environment.

Unfortunately school lunch is placed on the back burner in budget meetings. In the

United States, the average cost of 1 school meal, K-12, is $3 (Newman, Ralston, and

Clauson). It is expected to rise 10% every year. In addition, using more healthful food

will add another estimated $1.50 to each meal. Some say the added nutrition is

necessary for children to be healthy; nutrition experts speculate most healthy food will

end up in the trash due to poor lifestyle habits the children are subjected to at home.

Taxpayers and parents then lean to government for assistance and delegation.

Another solution that lawmakers, medical and most financial experts say will be

the best course of action is obesity awareness and training. Training and education for

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