Childhood Obesity Essay

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Childhood Obesity: Plans, Message, and Recommendations of Proposed Policy Christine Carr Chamberlain College of Nursing NR506 Healthcare Policy October, 2013 Childhood Obesity: Plans, Message, and Recommendations of Proposed Policy Childhood Obesity (CHO) is growing in epidemic proportions, and raising red flags at all levels of government: federal, state, and local. CHO is stated to be one of the largest crises in the United States today; specifically with childhood obesity rates doubled and further tripled in adolescents over the past two decades (Odum, McKyer, Tisone, & Outley, 2013). The National Conference of State Legislatures (2010) report that one-third of the children in the United States are either overweight or obese, and costs nearly $150 billion a year on obesity related chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and psychosocial effects such as depression. Currently this issue is being addressed at the local, state, and federal levels by targeting schools and pushing them to mandate both access to healthy foods and increasing physical activity throughout the school day. It is the intention of this author to present an overview of the plan to recommend a policy that addresses the access to healthy food in school through breakfast and lunch programs. Although the importance of increased physical activity is noted to be just as important as access to healthy foods in the school systems; the purpose of this policy recommendation is to target access to healthy foods. Change of any kind at this level is difficult to implement, and several small steps are required to move along the path to success. This author feels that by presenting one major area for policy change geared towards reducing CHO; a solid foundation is laid for further policy changes to build upon. This policy recommendation is to be directed at her

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