California’s Battle Against Childhood Obesity

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Various government states had made move in trying to decrease the bothering health issue on child obesity. Certain laws were reinforced such as banning of sodas in the school vicinity in order to give solutions to the long decade problem on childhood obesity. This health problem is thought to be a product of multiple causes, one of which is that children to go more with sugary drink products or high caloric drinks and foods. However, cases were reported that in California, there was a decrease in number of childhood obesity and it is a good signal, according to a study.

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. In fact, the percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period respectively.

The new study which was entitled: “A Patchwork of Progress: Changes in Overweight and Obesity Among California 5th, 7th and 9th Graders, 2005-2010,” revealed that in California, the rate of obesity or overweight among children actually had a one per cent decrease from year 2005 to year 2010. However, even though the decrease in childhood obesity was noted, the figures of children who are obese and overweight still remain high – this is specifically noted among children who belong to the age group of 6-19 years old.

This one per cent decrease in childhood obesity rate is a product of certain government policies which moved banning of sugary drink products and junk foods in the school vicinity of the children. Also, widespread awareness especially among parents is very significant in terms of emphasizing the need on healthy eating habits, wide range of exercises and activities which involves great physical movement. Promotions as well of parks with playing ground are contributory to the effort of decreasing the figures of childhood obesity in the country.

Furthermore Lead author, Dr. Susan Babey, commented: “Children’s health is still at risk in a significant number of counties,” and “We found that 31 of California’s 58 counties experienced an increase in childhood overweight over the five-year period from 2005 to 2010. We hope this county-by-county analysis will help community leaders pinpoint and take action in counties in the greatest danger.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, parents play a huge role in curbing childhood obesity. “Parents play a crucial role in helping children who are obese feel loved and in control of their weight. Take advantage of every opportunity to build your child’s self-esteem. Don’t be afraid to bring up the topic of health and fitness, but do be sensitive that a child may view your concern as an insult. Talk to your kids directly, openly and without being critical or judgmental.”

Childhood obesity is also responsible for several conditions like type 2 diabetes, kidney diseases and the like.




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