Childhood Obesity in America

Sam Gasper-- Reflections on Current Issues & Policy

Access to food in the United States is rarely debated.

However, access to nutritious food and healthy habits has become a prevalent issue among Americans –particularly children.

What implications does the health of our children have on future society?

Overweight two to five years-olds face exponential health risks.  For example, children between the ages of three and five who are overweight are five times more likely to become obese as adults. Other risk factors include heart disease, stroke, cancer, among other threats to health and well-being.

However, rates of obesity in children have decreased in the last 10 years according to of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  Cynthia L. Ogden, “This is the first time we’ve seen any indication of any significant decrease in any group.”

What explains this change in trends?  What strategies or policies are affecting this change?

Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times Editor, proposes…

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