Childhood Obesity in Brazil and Usa Essay

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Childhood Obesity: How Brazil and the United States are Preventing it in Schools
Willian Lessa Ribeiro
American English and Culture Program
Arizona State University
July 2014

This paper analyzes and compares the Scholar Feeding Programs which aim to prevent childhood obesity in the United States, and in Brazil. By comparing their two different programs, it’s possible to identify some of the causes of the recent changes in the epidemiological profile of the children. The study include comparison between policies for nutritional education, food sales and diseases prevention. For this research it was used data comparison as research strategy. This data was collected from the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the American Centro for
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Children's palate is "built" until two years old, after that it is difficult to introduce new foods. However, because children reject vegetables, parents tend to stop offering them. Research shows that a child has to be exposed 2-10 times to the same food until she decides to eat it by herself (Zenzen, Kridli, 2008). Even with the offer of healthy foods, children's behavior tends to be unpredictable and variable, and the quantity consumed of a particular food can vary from one day to another. Because of this behavior, it is important to always offer different kinds of foods, avoiding what specialists call "food monotony." Experts say that as much varied and colorful the meal is, more will be the acceptability from the child. Although feeding is a key factor to adequate growth and development, it can also be a major factor preventing some diseases such as malnutrition, and childhood obesity (Veugelers, Fitzgerald, 2005).
Because these problems are related to inappropriate food intake, it is necessary to be careful with the types of foods offered to children at home and especially at educational institutes, since it is the place where children spend most of their time. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malnutrition and obesity are the most common illness during childhood. The problem is that most people do not consider it a disease, in most cultures a "fluffy"

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