Childhood Obesity and Sleep Apnea Must Be Tackled With Priority
While the childhood obesity epidemic is severe, we are seeing a decline in certain populations. In the United States alone, more than 12 million children and adolescents are considered obese.
Children who are obese are also more likely to continue on to be obese as an adult.
Tackling childhood obesity by eliminating junk food and sugary drinks from schools and increasing the required amount of physical education is extremely important.
Hispanic, black and American Indian girls had a much higher rate of obesity than whites. Only white girls saw a drop in obesity by 2008. But obesity rates for American Indian and black girls have continued to rise, she said.
Increased awareness about obesity in children has had an impact. Certain ethnicities still showed an increase despite the overall implementation of the school mandates.
Our society has an obligation to our children. While we encourage families to make lifestyle changes, the change has to come at a societal and legislative level.
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