The Importance Of Preventing Overweight And Obesity

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R., and Brenda, H., 2012). The issue has become an epidemic now and the percentage is increasing every year towards the level, where the life expectancy of today’s generation is being threatened. It is imperative to prevent overweight and obesity in children. Parents, especially mothers play a significant role in protecting their children from obesity. Their knowledge of nutrition, food selection and family meal structure has major impact on their children’s food habit. The preschool age is crucial for the children to learn and develop their lifelong habits. Education starts from home, where parents are the primary source of teaching their children about health, nutrition and food choices. They are the first liner in prevention of childhood …show more content…
They could be genetically predisposed, when they are born into a family of obese or overweight individuals. Unhealthy foods served in school cafeteria also contributes to gaining weight in children. According to the CDC’s School Health Policies and Program Study (CDC, 2000), twenty percent of schools are presently serving unhealthy fast foods for the children at lunch, as well as for snacks. To overcome the shortage of school funds, a lot of schools have contracted with vendors of vending machines, by selling their sodas and snacks. That allows children to consume all kind of unhealthy junk food and their recess. It has been estimated that, each 12 ounce soda can has sugar content which is equal to ten spoons of regular sugar. Between other snacks, only soda could be the primary risk factor for causing childhood obesity.
For school aged children physical education plays a significant role in maintaining body fitness and good health. Due to limited budget, lot of schools are unable to provide required physical activities besides regular physical education classes. Although, sports are offered in schools, but the students have to compete and qualify to join a particular team. During recess breaks, students have choices to do physical activities or do nothing. Low-income families cannot afford to go to the gym, as well as their neighborhood is not safe for children to play

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