The government needs an aggressive program to fight childhood obesity.

  • 28 нояб. 2010 г.
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The government needs an aggressive
program to fight childhood obesity.

The problem of childhood obesity in the United States has a long

history. Obesity is the medical condition of being overweight which causes risks

to health. If we retrace the progress of this medical condition from 1963 to

2008, we will see that from the 1960-s to1980-s the average of obese children

ages 6-19 was 4-6 %. But "during past 20 years there has been a dramatic

increase in childhood obesity statistics and general obesity in the United States."

(qtd. in In 2002, this percentage was

16%, but now it is about 20%. This topic concerns me because my son has

friends who are overweight and theycan not eat in our house because of their

special diet. It is such a sad situation and I worry for my son too, because most

children can get the illness by eating at schools and eating unhealthy snacks

and meals. Only the United States is losing about 300,000 children each year

because of childhood obesity and only a strong government can stop it. The

government should developa new program to fight the struggle against

childhood obesity.

I think that struggle against children's obesity should be a priority for

the government. Because only the government can regulate laws and make

changes in it. One of the most important steps, which government should do, is

the change of a diet in schools. Foods served in schools should promote thehealth of all children. “Menu in most schools lunch programs are too high in

saturated fat and cholesterol and too low in fiber- and nutrient-rich fruits,

vegetables, whole grains, and legumes” (see PCRM’s 2008 School Lunch Report


Now children eat the defrosted products at schools, that is fast food,

and there are large quantities of calories contain inthem. But not only calories

are the big disaster for children's health. The fast food contains many

dangerous substances in it, such as preservatives, preserve colors, improve

flavors, sweeteners, and stimulants. Many of these additives can be causes for

obesity because the children's organism quickly gets used to eat tasty, but very

dangerous food. For school cafeterias it ismore convenient to use meals of fast

preparation that lets them save time for preparation of lunches and to pay less

money for the workers of the cafeteria. It is not necessary to save money on

school lunches because children are our future, the future of our country, and

they must be healthy. Who can change it? To whom do schools submit? The

government thinks out laws andconsequently it should take this problem under


One very serious incident has occurred in March of this year in

Chicago to high school students. They have refused to eat lunches at school,

because in nutrition class they "learned just how little nutrition they were

getting in the cafeteria. The typical lunch was 800 calories' worth of mostly

frozenprocessed food" (ABC World News with Diane Sawyer - Food Fight: High

School Lunches). The article is completely clear and understandable why

students protested.

There are some people that consider, and they are right too, that

only they have the right on a choice what they eat. They think that if the

government will accept the new program, they will lose the choiceon food. But

the problem of school lunches can not be solved by common people, except

parents who have the time to make a fresh food lunch in the mornings. Not

everyone can do it. So, most families must just have a hope on the school's

good taste. But we see it does not work.

California state signed the law that "restaurants will begin to

disclose calorie...
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