Essay on The Obesity Epidemic

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In 1990, obese adults made up less than 15 percent of the population in most U.S. states. By 2010, 36 states had obesity rates of 25 percent or higher, and 12 of those had obesity rates of 30 percent or higher. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015)

Even more alarming, the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents is on the rise, and youth are becoming overweight and obese at earlier ages. One out of six children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are obese and one out of three are overweight or obese. (Ogden, 2012) This essay looks at the question of what are the main causes of obesity and what steps the school system can take to assist in the reduction of childhood obesity.

While childhood obesity has
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Participants agreed that physical education classes, as well as units on nutrition and weight control, should be present in schools. Parents also supported eliminating junk food machines and offering special low-calorie meals. By supporting these strategies, parents indicated that schools should have a role in childhood obesity. School nurses can advocate for parental preferences in their school district. While there is a continual increase of obese children here in America is of great concern for many people; there are numerous originations and governmental agencies that rare standing up and trying to put an end to Childhood Obesity. They are emphasizing what an important role quality physical education at the elementary school levels has to do with a child’s overall well-being, not just physically but also academically. Researchers have shown a relationship between the implementation of fundamental movement skills, adolescence’s body weight, physical activity and cardiorespiratory endurance (Wong & Chueng, 2010) Through a study on movement and the development of fundamental motor skills researchers, Wall,

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