Schools Should Not Do Something To Prevent Childhood Obesity

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“Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years [and] more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese” (Childhood Obesity). These statistics have increase too much and are to high . I believe that schools across the United States should do something to prevent childhood obesity. My opposition is that schools should not do anything to prevent childhood obesity because it is not schools responsibility to monitor what children eat and how much activity they perform in a day. As a parent you take on the responsibility to be a caregiver to your child, support them financially, and guide them to make the right choices in life. Schools are responsible for giving children …show more content…
Even though they are given these options does not mean they will end up picking the healthy choice. “School breakfasts and school lunches must meet federal nutrition standards, but competitive foods are exempt from such requirements” (The Role of Schools in Obesity Prevention). Parents still give there children money for the school day and they are other options than school lunches. Throughout the school there are vending machines and snack bars that have unhealthy sugary choices like soda and candy. A child can eat a healthy breakfast and lunch at school but still be tempted to buy soda or candy with there leftover money that there parents gave them. Children in middle school may not be worrying about there healthy right now because they are not educated on the long term effect obesity can cause. “Overweight children are also more likely to have abnormal scores on the Child Behavior Checklist (a commonly used measure of children 's behavior problems) and are twice as likely to be placed in special education and remedial classes than are children who are not overweight” (The Role of Schools in Obesity Prevention). These issues can be avoid if their parents focused more on the child. Just a simple prepared breakfast or lunch can effect their child 's overall performance throughout the day. Overall, schools should not be responsible for preventing childhood obesity. It should be the parents and the child 's responsibility. Once a child gets to a certain age they are able to make their decisions. It will not matter what the school board says or what there parents say. They will make there decisions on their

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