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ERIC Number: ED508702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-1
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Childhood Obesity: A Heavy Problem
Costley, Kevin C.; Leggett, Timothy
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The youth of today are faced with a big problem; they are becoming more obese every day. The time of children playing outside all day and being extremely active has been overtaken by the television and video games. The days of sitting down as a family and eating a good healthy meal has been replaced by the rush to the nearest fast food restaurant. Today's children are tomorrow's future and presently, the future looks unhealthy. Today's curriculum must promote a healthier lifestyle. Obesity is now an American crisis. It is vital to teach children proper nutrition and how to stay physically fit. In these days of excessive testing and accountability, the focus is on content and learner outcomes. Yet, what good is acquiring knowledge, when children, who will later become adults, continue imitating what their parents do, making unhealthy choices in their diets. It is now essential that students have physical education classes every day. The curriculum must promote healthy choices in foods and lunch rooms should provide healthier food choices. Good nutrition begins in the home. Schools can only be a part of the solution. First lady, Michelle Obama has taken on the fight for the elimination of child obesity. It is hoped that her national coverage will lead to needed public awareness of the crisis and additional funding to fight childhood obesity, especially in the public schools.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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