Child Obesity Essay

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Brooke Paulson Professor Flynt-Davies ENG 102 4 November 2012 Child Obesity and School Food Programs The numbers that are being shown with child obesity as of recently are astounding. Children in today’s society have very unhealthy eating habits and what the school has to offer every day is only enabling them and forcing them down a path of a lifelong struggle with their health. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.(Hooker, Li.) Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat. Our schools are enabling our children by providing them with many unhealthy food options that aren’t nutritious. If we don’t try and assemble some sort of healthier eating program in our schools, child obesity will only keep getting worse. What schools now-a-days need to understand is that enabling children to eat terribly unhealthy foods everyday will affect their lives forever because it is linked to adult obesity. Vending machines tempt the children into snacking throughout the day. A report found that 64% of U.S. middle and high schools allow sodas and other sugar-filled drinks to be purchased on campus; 51% stock vending machines with chips, cookies, cakes and other unhealthy snacks; and 49% allow junk-food advertising at school. (Melnick) Yes, it initially is the students choice to eat out of those machines; but thinking realistically, providing students with those options is like sticking a five year old in a candy store and telling them to not eat anything. The urge to eat the unhealthy items is overpowering when it’s of such easy access. Bad nutrition in schools is not only affecting the children’s lives now, but also in their futures. Short-term obesity can cause psychological, behavioral and social health

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