The Importance Of Childhood Obesity In Children

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When thinking about international healthcare issues, usually, we tend to think of infectious diseases. However, an international healthcare issue I feel is of grave concern is childhood obesity, a non-communicable disease (NCD). Obesity in children is nowadays one of the major diseases, with a worldwide distribution. Heavy children are destined to become a heavy burden for health systems in their adulthood, due to the wide spectrum of related chronic diseases, as for example diabetes, obesity’s twin. (de Hoyos-Parra, 2014, S168) Unfortunately, over the last three decades, the rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled, resulting in approximately 4% of children, living in the United States (U.S.) being classified as extremely obese; exceeding the amount of children diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), cystic fibrosis, juvenile diabetes, and cancer …show more content…
Even with the changes to the school cafeteria lunch menus, many children are declining their lunches. This does not promote healthy eating. I would rather schools have a variety of healthy items to choose from, instead of the implemented lunch of the day. Because of this reason, and because she likes to eat healthy, my child decided on her own, to take her lunch to school every day. Unfortunately, many children are not financially able to take their lunch to school. As far as physical activity within the school systems, I can say there are no physical education classes for middle school students where my child attends. Nor does she have recess. Fortunately, she is on a competitive gymnastics team, which practices four hours a day, three times a week. However, for those, like my other child, programs need to be implemented, within the school systems and community, to encourage children to want to eat healthy, as well as, become more active to enhance their physical health and quality of

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