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ERIC Number: ED539013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-6
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Overweight and Obesity. Research Brief
Walker, Karen
Education Partnerships, Inc.
In this world of receiving immediate gratification, being over scheduled, and having access to a myriad of technology, poor nutrition and lack of daily physical activity are two of the results. "Obesity is a silent epidemic," former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher stated in 2002 (Healthy schools summit weighs in on obesity). Due to the demands of high stakes testing, many schools throughout the United States have placed an increased emphasis on reading and math skills, to the detriment of other academic areas such as health, nutrition, and physical education. One survey of high school students' eating habits reported that in 2003, 67% exceeded dietary guidelines for fat intake, 72% exceeded saturated fat intake, while only 22% ate the U.S.D.A.'s recommendation of five fruits and vegetables daily (Nutrition). A study from the Center for Disease Control reported that one in every three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes (Nutrition services). By the 2006-2007 school year, according to the Reauthorized Child Nutrition Act, each school must have a wellness plan in action. This paper offers tips on what schools can do to combat the increasing number of students who are overweight or obese. (Contains 29 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)