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Ending Childhood Obesity: The Reward of Living Life to the Fullest

As it has been stated in the previous post, this is beyond the time when it was an individual problem. It is now a social problem involving the entire nation. As a nation we have the responsibility to create environments and communities in which all of the people are able to make healthy choices (“Childhood Obesity: Beginning the Dialogue on Reversing the Epidemic” 5). They have the autonomy to make healthy living decisions because the needed foods are readily available at reasonable prices and access to physical activity is easy to obtain (“Childhood Obesity: Beginning the Dialogue on Reversing the Epidemic” 5). That each child has the right to a snack of fresh fruits and vegetables and the ability to walk to a nearby park with someone to run and play after school without the risks of violence associated with unsafe neighborhood. These things are stopping children from experiencing their full potential in childhood and putting them at risk for serious health issues and lack of success.

The nation needs to have a reward ahead of them to get pass this issue (“Childhood Obesity: Beginning the Dialogue on Reversing the Epidemic” 6). The individual should know that the reward is living life to the fullest, without any lack of productivity, without disability, and without disease (“Childhood Obesity: Beginning the Dialogue on Reversing the Epidemic” 6). Making these changes is not easy but if the parents, schools, and child care put in the needed effort to teach and guide the children on a path that is going to help them succeed it is not going to be as hard. The overweight or obese children would not feel targeted because it is a process many children will go through. It is better for everyone to learn these norms with the lasting effects of weight control which is knowledge they can use throughout their lives.

The worst is when children are being hurt by the negativity of being overweight or obese. Children do not need to be shamed or stigmatized since that is only going to make matters worse. There cannot be acceptance that the child is overweight or obese without helping he or she make changes. Children affected needs to be talked to in a positive way about lifestyle changes rather than focus on losing weight (“Childhood Obesity: Beginning the Dialogue on Reversing the Epidemic” 5). Getting daily physical activity in the many different ways and by cutting down on a few high calorie snack foods is going to make a difference (“Childhood Obesity: Beginning the Dialogue on Reversing the Epidemic” 5). Making these lifestyle changes is going to make the child feel better about themselves since they are becoming healthier (Childhood Obesity: Beginning the Dialogue on Reversing the Epidemic” 5). Children do not want to be looked at in a negative way and by helping them find the ways of changing with social support, parent responsibility, and schools helping them it is going to make them not feel like they are to blame for the problem. They need to stay positive and learn how to make these changes at an earlier age because then they will know throughout their lives what they should and should not be doing.

Work Cited

United States Senate. “Childhood Obesity: Beginning the Dialogue on Reversing the Epidemic.”

U.S. Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 4 March 2010. Hearing.

Web. 1 November 2013.

Social Movement Geared Towards Whole Population to End Epidemic

The world we live in today is different than before the 1980s. This is a world where there are many things “at a click of a button”. The use of technology is having an impact on all of us. By realizing the negative ways there can also be positive ways that it can be used to help our society and to change the obesity problem. Technology is just a small addition to the problem, the main ones are environmental, social, economic, and behavioral.

Combating childhood obesity often needs to happen on an individual level depending on the kind of changes the child needs to make (Parker et al., 3). Most likely there needs to be a change in what the child is eating and the amount of exercise that they are doing daily. The sector that will be dealing with the individual scenarios are the medical professionals who are having individual appointments with the children and their parents. Many of the issues are the same for all children so there needs to be obesity prevention strategies targeted at the whole population (Parker et al., 3). These issues should not be dealt with on an individual basis since it affects the whole population whether it is them personally, their children, or their parents. These whole population strategies can be done in the educational institutions, in the homes, in the workforce, and through government policies.

To combat this crisis there can never be too much interventions and prevention strategies taking place. These interventions have been created but more needs to be done (Parker et al., 3). When gearing interventions towards children we need to be aware that they need to include others for it to be successful (Parker et al., 3). By including aspects of control, having fun, competition, social interaction, and more we are able to prove to children and parents that this behavior can be changed if they are willing to do so (Parker et al., 3). Another important point is that when making these interventions there needs to not be a focus on the particular behavior change that they are hoping for (Parker et al., 3). But making it vague, such as to become healthier, then eating more vegetables each day follows (Parker et al., 3). Having numerous interventions together creates a social movement (Parker et al., 5). This is happening today by making policies that get families, government, and schools involved (Parker et al., 5). The social movement and the addition of strategies need to continue until this epidemic is under control. There needs to be more pressure on all of these sectors for them to constantly make this a priority. If this goes to the background then there is going to be a generation that is going to be getting sicker and then dying sooner.

Work Cited

Parker, Lynn, Emily Ann Miller, Elena Ovaitt, and Stephen Olson. Alliances for Obesity

Prevention: Finding Common Ground. Washington D.C.: The National Academics Press, 2012. Print.