The Growing Epidemic Of Childhood Obesity

2178 Words Oct 26th, 2014 9 Pages
Introduction The United States has seen childhood obesity rates double in children and increase four times in adolescents since the 1980’s.1 The Center for Disease Control reports that in 2012, over one third of children and adolescents were considered obese or overweight.1 There is an urgent need to address the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, as obesity has been shown to have deteriorating immediate health effects and increase the risk of chronic disease such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and cancer in adulthood.1 Although there are many influential factors in a child’s weight, nutrition is one of the main ones to consider, as a complete and balanced diet also promotes healthy growth and development.2 Research indicates that school …show more content…
The amount of time that children spend in school also makes the school setting a major avenue for children to consume meals that meet the recommended guidelines according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.dietary However, there are still many changes that need to take place and implemented in in the US school system to improve the nutrition content of foods offered at their facilities. If healthful changes continue to be made and nutrition education and physical activity are implemented, schools have an increasing chance to reduce the childhood obesity epidemic. Research shows that although the effects of this changes have been slow and minimal up to this point, there is significant data to motivate and support stricter and more effective policy that
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