The Importance Of Childhood Obesity Prevention

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According to the statistic called "Chart: How Childhood Obesity Has Swept the World in Less than a Generation” done by the World Obesity Federation, it shows the childhood obesity prevalence of USA and eight low- income or middle-income countries. All of these countries had significant increased in their childhood obesity rate. Between 1987 and 2005, both Saudi Arabia and South Africa had a dramatic raised in their childhood obesity rate, that was a jump from 5% of the children to 25%. Furthermore, even Asia region, which are China and Hong Kong, had an increasing trend. Between 1994 to 2012, the rate had increased from 5% to 14% for China and 10% to 16% for Hong Kong (Ferdman).
From my personal experience, I can certainly claim that Asian
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In order to control the childhood obesity epidemic, prevention is the most effective way to achieve the goal. However, children have no ability and opportunity to choose what to eat, as I mentioned, parents are the ones that control children’s dietary. Nowadays, Parents should never take for granted that children can learn how to make good food choices and eat healthy. There are a great amounts of children-targeted ads, which have a strong influence in children eating habits. Parents should assist children in establishing a healthy diet and educate them about healthy …show more content…
For example, parent can buy dried fruits instead of potato chips; parent can make fruit juice out of fresh fruits instead of buying high calories soda. Although that will undeniably cost more, it can help children to establish a standard to identify what is good food and what is not. At the same time, parent should take their parental responsibility to teach their children about their body, so that they understand what they are eating and why they should care about it. As I have mentioned, it actually takes more time and money to buy fast food than makes a home-cooked dinner. In addiction, cooking is not only saving money and time, but also strengthen the family relationship. Children can take part in simple cooking processes, such as washing vegetables, or marinated meats. As a result, children will not just watch TV before dinner time, and they will certainly love to eat the dinner no matter what it is, they were part of the cooking- process. This is killing two birds with one stone.
In order to change eating habit, learning from other culture is a very effective way, such as Japan eating culture. The WHO reported that Japanese have the longest life expectancy in the world, which are 80 and 87 for men and female, compare to 76 and 81 for Americans. Moreover, Japan have the lowest rate of obesity which is only 3%, and American is 32%. It is the result of what

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