Psy 270 Week 6 Childhood Obesity Analysis

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Week 6 discussion childhood obesity Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States. This disease has reached a high in the past few years. Families are choosing more and more unhealthy eating habits. And children are becoming inactive. Schools are trying to help fight this battle by offering new healthy choices for children. We hear it in the media daily that America is becoming fatter and fatter. If one of my children were to come home with a note from the school nurse stating that they exceeded the government guidelines for obesity I would first be concerned. The next thing that I would do is get a second opinion and take my child to his or her pediatrician. As a parent you honestly should know the fact about your child’s…show more content…
This article gave an overview of different types of public policies that have been proposed as pieces of the complex solution to the growing problem of childhood obesity. As stated in this article schools are an ideal environment to make lifelong changes that will help children make healthy eating choices. In the past years many schools offered many nutrient-poor and high-calorie foods and beverages for children. Looking back when I was in school I can recall all the unhealthy foods that were offered and all the vending machines around school. Advocates for children that are obese are pushing for policies to change this situation. “Congress amended the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 to include a mandated to every school district in the country to form wellness committees and produce School wellness policies defining their nutrition standards for all foods sold in school. In addition the Wellness Policies had to address nutrition education, physical education, opportunities for physical activity, and implementation and evaluation of the policy” (Friedman and Schwartz, 2008). In 2006, 23 states initiated school nutrition legislation and 11 enacted…show more content…
The entire school should have to participate in a low-cal lunch program. Unless they opt bring their own lunch from home. As for physical education again I feel that the entire school should have to participate in extra physical activities. To have a child have to lose weight for a grade I would think to be unethical. We would then have to consider other risk that come from making a child do this. May develop an eating disorder, become depressed, or lose weight to fast which is also unhealthy. Even if they achieve the weight loss for the grade was it worth what they had to go through mentally and emotionally. In my child’s elementary school I know that the children are required to take a PE class and they school is required to have a certain number of recesses a day. I know that in one day they children have at least 5 times to go outside and play for recess. My oldest daughter is in middle school and she is required to take a gym class. PE as a class is the only time that a child should be graded, however the grade is on participation and not on weight

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