Childhood Obesity Prevention Essay

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Register to read the introduction… According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academics (2004), the meaning of prevention is "With regard to obesity, primary prevention represents avoiding the occurrence of obesity in a population; secondary prevention represents early detection of obesity through screening with the purpose of limiting its occurrence; and tertiary prevention involves preventing the sequel of obesity in childhood and adulthood." Such as parents who play a role in treating and preventing childhood obesity. Schools can play a role in the treatment and prevention of childhood obesity. Government leadership can also play a role in treatment and prevention of childhood …show more content…
Some parents who have busy schedules and cannot afford to spend the time on cooking nutritious foods for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner usually just give the children fast food to consume. And when the children are at home the parents usually don't spend time doing outdoor activities with their children. According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academics (2004) there is a plan of action that parents can follow such as: "Parents should promote healthful eating behaviors and regular physical activity for their children; Choose exclusive breastfeeding as the method for feeding infants for the first four to six months of life; Provide healthful food and beverage choices for children by carefully considering nutrient quality and energy density; Assist and educate children in making healthful decisions regarding types of foods and beverages to consume, how often, and in what portion size; Encourage and support regular physical activity; Limit children's television viewing and other recreational screen time to fewer than two hours per day; Discuss weight status with their child's health-care provider and monitor age- and gender-specific body mass index (BMI) percentile; Serve as positive role models for their children regarding eating and physical-activity behaviors." According to Torgan (2002) she states that as parents we need

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