Devouring Childhood Obesity by Helping Children Help Themselves


America's children are growing fatter than ever, and what is most alarming is that the obese children will become obese adults. Aside from the obvious health risks, obese individuals are costing themselves and the entire nation a fortune. Despite attempts by both state and Federal legislation adopting programs such as Local Wellness Plans and the National School Lunch Act, the government has been unsuccessful at curbing the rate of the epidemic. Studies suggest that programs tailored to educating children about nutrition, rather than simply putting healthy, balanced meals on their plates, teaches children to make better food choices and can at least halt the growing obesity rate.

This commentary proposes Federal legislation that describes an incentive program for states to adopt. In short, the legislation would provide that if schools incorporate nutrition education into their curriculum, the states would be eligible for additional education funds that would be passed on to the schools in compliance with the legislation. The purpose of the proposed legislation is to teach children at an early age how to eat foods with nutritional value with the hopes that they will use the information to make a lifetime of healthy choices.

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