Healthy Habits Begin Young Children Essay

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Healthy Habits Begin Young
The childhood obesity rate in the United States has tripled since 1980, with about 17% of U.S. children ages 2 to 19 being identified as obese (Montoya, 2011, pg. 1). Although some programs have been put into effect to lower the obesity rate, there has been little to no success. Many schools are still selling unhealthy foods to children, such as candy, chips, sodas and various other unhealthy foods. Children are not meeting the recommended nutrients needed to grow and develop, putting children at a higher risk for health problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Students attending schools that provides low nutrient density foods are not receiving their necessary daily intake of the core food groups like fruits and vegetables. The first step to eradicate the problem of overweight children needs to be the inclusion of healthier foods in school cafeterias and vending machines to help children establish healthy eating habits early on, to help children have higher self-esteem, and reduce the costs of obesity related diseases down the road that are a huge burden on the health care system in the U.S. This essay will explore many reasons why children must begin eating healthy young and interrogate why healthier school-based programs have not been implemented yet. While growing up children learn from their environment, and watching others. Parents, teachers, and other authority figures in their lives influence what children…

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