The Growing Epidemic Of Obesity

787 WordsSep 19, 20154 Pages
Since the 1960s, the United States has experienced an uptick in the amount of patients living with chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, coronary artery disease, and obesity. Currently, diseases such as obesity overwhelm the US healthcare system, which incurs major financial cost and negatively affects an individual’s quality of life. Particularly, the growing epidemic of obesity is affecting millions of people. Distressingly, the current generation of children is cited as the first generation that will not outlive their parents. Childhood obesity is defined as a child’s weight that is disproportionate to their height. More specifically, the body mass index for the child’s age must exceed the 95th percentile. In the past, obesity in the pediatric population was seldom seen. Accordingly, healthcare policies written by lawmakers and endorsed by healthcare providers must be implemented in hopes of winning the war waged against childhood obesity. Most importantly, this report will analyze Alabama Public Schools Policies and Implementation which is grounded on the Federal Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act. Additionally, this report will examine the historical, ethical, and political foundation of Alabama’s policy. In conclusion, this essay will reiterate the policy’s effectiveness and its impact on the nursing profession. Key Points In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act. This law mandates that all local education agencies that
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