Childhood Obesity in our Community
The statistics of childhood obesity are horrendous. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The amount of children gaining weight is beginning to spin out of control. Obesity in general is based off of many statistics and definitions. Many trainers and health critics incorporate body mass index as their number one study when it comes to determining someone’s weight. “Overweight is defined as a BMI (body mass index) at above the 85th percentile and lower than the 95th percentile for child of the same age and sex.” (Barlow, S.E. and Expert Committee, 2007) Childhood ...view middle of the document...
This information proves that the most important meals of the day aren’t being prepared in a healthy manner. Over 55 million children are enrolled in school with lunch programs. If we can take the time and effort to change the lunch program menus in our public school systems to healthier choices, children will not only fuel their bodies with the best possible nutrition, but they will also have more energy throughout the day.
I don’t believe the people we are surrounded by take the time to understand the long term health problems obesity can cause. Childhood obesity is especially saddening when our younger ones are diagnosed with diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, and sleep apnea. One of the harshest realities children struggle with though would be social discrimination. Psychological risks of bullying are a serious matter when a child is obese. I believe out of everyone, parents have the most control to help childhood obesity decrease tremendously. Parents need to ensure a healthy balanced calorie diet as well as active amounts of play time. While entertainment media can bring a family together, it is important to get the family involved in physical activities such as playing outside, even if it’s just for thirty minutes a day. It is a proven fact that children 8 to18 years of age spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media. American Academy of Pediatrics states children two years old and younger should not watch T.V. because that is when bad habits start to take place. It is also a proven fact that low-income families are a pretty significant reason why children are hitting an all-time high with obesity. If families can take the time to make the right choices, and do the best to provide a successful lifestyle, children are more likely to follow in the correct footsteps.
Today, childhood obesity has become a popular project for change in our nation. The government has funded many organizations to support the positive transformation within childhood obesity. Such programs include NFL play 60, as well as other small non- profit organizations. Programs like these have partnered together to get kids more involved in physical activities. They also teach children about healthier eating habits. There are several healthier...