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Removing Sugary Drinks from Schools

Nearly one third or 78.6 million of U.S Adults are now obese (CDC, 2015). 

Approximately 12.7 million of U.S children are also falling into obesity categories (CDC, 2015).  It is no surprise that simple measures need to be taken to ensure that over consumption of somethings may need to be managed. 

Of course, this would be a touchy subject to any American. It is somewhat part of our “freedoms” to choose what is right for us. 

That may have been the case until, the nations obesity rates continued to increase, causing the annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S in 2008 to be $147billion dollars (CDC, 2015).

Now, a major movement is to target the younger generations in order to help increase healthy weight limits among U.S children populations. 

  Some small steps would be to try and enforce stronger tactics where children are concerned.    
  •  Removing Sugary Drinks from Schools   
  •  Limiting Sugary Food Exposure 
  •  Also Increasing Positive Healthy Eating Education

Although this may seem like a burden among parents it does seem to address the larger problem at hand.  

Children are more overweight, obese, and unhealthy than previous generations while their access to sugary drinks and foods have been at an all time high.

In order, to help the mass population it is taken out of the parent’s hands and placed within the school systems policies in order to protect the health of those involved. In this case, if parents want their children to have access to those types of foods then it is done under their discretion. This can also help school officials and governmental agencies in some states where they have fought against parents of obese children as a form of child abuse.

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CDC, (2015) Childhood Obesity Facts,Prevalence of Childhood Obesity in the United States, 2011-2012, Retrieved June13, 2015 from http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html

CDC, (2015) Adult Obesity Facts,Obesity is common, serious, and costly, retrieved June 13, 2015 from http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

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