Childhood Obesity Essay
In 1980, surveys showed that only 5% of children were obese or overweight. Now that percentage has more than tripled at a high 17.9% (Center For Disease Control and Pervention). I believe that a simple change could be the solution to this problem. I believe that by simply increasing funds given to schools can help them provide healthier food and will make them able to start new and more advanced health courses that begin early in a child’s life.
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2 out of 3 students eat a National School Lunch Program provided meal. Students who eat a school provided lunch consume on average, 40-120 more calories than a student that who eat a meal from home (Schanzenbach). That may not seem like much but in just one school year, consisting of 180 days, a student who eats a school provied lunch will have consumed up to
7,200-21,600 more calories than a student who doesn't. Increaseing funds givin to schools to support their school lunch programs can help them provide healthier food for students. The healthier food will then decrease the probability of a child becoming overweight or obese.
Although diet is an esential part in staying healthy, children need to be tought why being healthy is relevent to our lives. I believe that if schools had more health classes the obesity rates of