The Epidemic of Childhood Obesity Term Paper by scribbler

A discussion on the issue of childhood obesity and how it can be addressed in our schools.
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The paper discusses how childhood obesity is a direct result of lifestyle and overeating and describes the consequences of an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise. The paper considers the solution to the problem and suggests education and sugar free schools. The paper also looks at a five-step public policy initiative that allows schools to adopt a broader range of solutions, at least for young children, and addresses the benefits of improved nutrition and exercise that include better attendance and behavior ratings, higher test scores, less truancy and sick time, higher student engagement in the classroom, and less health management issues.

Solution - Education and Sugar Free Schools

From the Paper:

"In contemporary society, one of the most visible issues facing Americans, and indeed, most of the developed world, is obesity and the link between diet and health. Medical doctors, scholars, researchers are all in agreement that there is a complete link between what we eat and drink, and the consequences to our overall health. One need only look in the newspaper, magazines, grocery store aisles, or pop-up ads to see thousands of ads for diet pills, diet aids, etc. - one need only look at the increasing demographic of vitamin and supplement stores and offerings to see that American's are rabid for something to bring quick results and better health (Fumento, 1998). Are there negatives to healthful eating? Certainly none that are medical - but, in our society of fast food, it is more expensive to eat right, fresh vegetables, hormone free meat, low sugar beverages all are a bit more expensive that the high-carbohydrate, fast foods so popular (Robbins, 1998).
"This is particularly serious in the contemporary world concerning children. Childhood obesity is becoming epidemic in the developed world, and is a condition in which excess body fat negatively affects a child's health. There are a number of effects this has on children, so many that it has become a public health concern that has reached national proportions (Kopelman, 2005, 493). The late 20th century brought about a number of phenomenal changes to education, to children's lives, and to a child's access to information. Unfortunately, a combination of these changes has resulted in a rising prevalence of obesity in children which, in combination with numerous negative health effects has resulted in a public health epidemic (Kopelman, 2005, 49)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chen, G. (October 1, 2009). "Can Sugar Free Schools Improve Student Development andGrades? " Public School Review. Cited in:
  • "Childhood Obesity: The Fiscal and Health Costs." Reporting on Health. CaliforniaEndowment Health and Journalism Fellowships. Cited in:
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  • Flinchbaugh, B. and E. Felts-Grabarski. (1989). Kansas State University and AdamsCounty Cooperative Education Service. Cited in:
  • Franklin, Beth and Cynthia Walden (2006), Eat Less Move More, Booksurge.

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