Public Schools and Childhood Obesity
When looking at the things that could cause childhood obesity in our children today. Being a parent a person has many aspects to look at, such as what they feed them and what the school system feeds them. As a parent of two it is comforting to know that the school systems are getting to the bottom of the problem and making a change when it comes to limiting the children of what they can and can’t have in school.
To help combat childhood obesity, Congress passed a law requiring each School Food Authority (SFA) participating in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA's) school meals programs to establish a local wellness policy. Schools play a critical role in establishing a healthy school nutrition environment for the prevention of childhood obesity. In addition, a healthy school nutrition environment helps prevent problems associated with a poor diet and physical activity-related chronic diseases. Schools must set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness. Schools must also establish nutrition standards for all foods that are available on each school campus during the school day, with the objective of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity. Schools are required to measure the implementation of the wellness policy and to involve a broad group of individuals in its development.
Being an overweight child give a person a different perspective and respect for the school systems that are making a difference. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, six to eleven year olds have doubled the rate of obese children in the past three decades, raising 6.5% in 1980 to 17% in 2006. The rate of increased obesity in twelve to nineteen year olds has more than tripled in the same amount of time, raising form 5% to 17.6%. With the raising increase the schools have stepped in and set new standards and policies for...