In the US, childhood obesity has risen at an alarming rate. At the core of the problem are several factors such as poor nutrition, declining school classes in physical education classes and federal budget cuts. Schools in an effort to meet testing quotas decreased physical education programs therefore depriving children in poor areas the opportunity to engage in physical fitness. The statistics found that schools compromised good quality nutritional meals for fast food. Despite government’s role in the current problems, findings show that the government has taken an active role in establishing legislation that promotes healthier eating and physical education in schools.
As time progresses, so does the pace of living. Unlike the olden days, families spend less time together, which has caused a decline in family customs and values. A very sacred one in many cultures is dining. Families today no longer eat meals together. Healthy eating choices have been replaced for convenience. Not only does society and health care suffer, but children pay a higher price than any other group for this practice. This shift in family customs has cost families has resulted in childhood obesity. The increase in the incidence of childhood obesity among school age children over the past two decades has caused serious national concern. First, this discussion will take a look at the rising number of obese children and how physical exercise is a key factor in combating the problem; secondly, we will look at the government’s role in the current health crisis and lastly, what changes are being implemented to reverse the current state of affairs.
Studies show that poor nutrition and decreased exercise have contributed to “overweight” children (Crooks, 2003). A child is considered obese when the current body weight exceeds “20% above of the average [weight] of a given age and height.” Yet more disturbing is the fact that 15% of...