Briana Vincent ENGL 015 12/14/11 Final Paper Rough Draft:
Obesity is a simple seven-letter word in the English language that is used quite frequently today. Unfortunately,
it’s one of the most
complex and serious problems in the American society. Although, some do realize that obesity is a nation wide problem,
our society’s most
crucial focus should pertain to the rising obesity rates in children. Sadly, this horrific epidemic affects more than 1/3 of the children in the United States (Nanci, 12b). Why is this problem so difficult to tackle? Are parents, teachers, doctors, and our communities, doing enough to avoid this widespread issue? Do the economics and extreme stress levels in our home environments contribute to this massive struggle for
children in today’s society?
Although there are some programs being developed to help aid in the reduction of child obesity,
we as a community aren’t
putting in enough effort to tackle this epidemic properly. Child obesity rates, as high as they are today, can be viewed as a result of poor parental dietary supervision, lack of nutrition programs in our school systems, possible depression, technology, and lack of personal fitness activity. Therefore, my question is, even though we as a society are beginning to tackle this issue, why
aren’t we seeing a more widespread and positive outcome
? In order to reduce the alarming escalation rate of obesity in children, nutritional and physical education is essential. Jointly, both schools and parents must work together
to make this issue the upmost priority in young kids’
lives. It must start with parents and schools to take the initiative to motivate children to live a
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