The Issue Of Childhood Obesity

2238 Words Apr 24th, 2016 9 Pages
Smaller governmental initiatives have proven effective, as well as campaigns run by non-governmental organization, yet a large scale federal initiative has yet to be established. Childhood obesity is an ever growing epidemic that has increased to unacceptable proportions. In order to prevent any further escalation of this public, federal legislation must be advocated for and passed that creates more opportunities for physical activity, increased access to healthy food, and puts an end to dishonest marketing. By bringing together leaders from across the industry, academia and public health with policymakers and their advisors, the Campaign provides the information and guidance that decision makers need to make the policy changes that will reverse one of the nation’s and most prevalent diseases (CEO,2015). “Childhood obesity complicates an already contentious issue; children depend on their parents for the food choices they make, either because their parents feed them directly or because they influence their preferences. In this sense, obesity is a consequence of dietary neglect, with parental choices causing detriment to a child’s health and wellbeing” (Penn & Kerr, 2014). The primary driving force behind this policy formation is the significant increase in overweight and obese children in the United States. Also, as a result, the United States is paying too much for health care because of the chronic diseases associated with obesity. According to the National…
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