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The paper considers the causes for the rise in obesity in children and discusses how children have become less active and fast food has become so prevalent in society. The paper explores the impact on children's health and development, and discusses the medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung problems, the stigma of being overweight that can lead to teasing, bullying, and exclusion from certain activities, and the potential decline in cognitive development. The paper considers ways to change children's eating habits and calls on parents, schools, teachers, and businesses to alter the way children eat and the foods that are available to them.
From the Paper:"Obesity is rampant in America today, and even in young people, the problem is only increasing. It poses health risks for those who are obese, and it creates higher health care costs, as well. Two authors note, "In America, obesity is a health problem that many classify as an epidemic. Particularly troubling is the level of obesity among children, which has tripled over the last thirty years" (Sugarmann & Sandman, 2007). In fact, the idea of childhood obesity is well known today, and few would contest it is a great problem in the country. There are many reasons the obesity epidemic is increasing, from technology to social and economic issues.
"As with most societal issues, there are many causes of childhood obesity. More children are dependent on school lunch programs, especially in low income schools, and as the recent network television show, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, clearly illustrated, most school lunch programs may follow government standards, but those standards call for high-fat, highly processed foods in most cases, which can only add to the problem of childhood obesity. In addition, there is far less emphasis on physical education in the schools today, and children are less active, not only at school, but after school, as well."
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- Sugarmann, S. D., & Sandman, N. (2007). Fighting childhood obesity through performance-based regulation of the food industry. Duke Law Journal, 56(6), 1403+.
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