In Children In America
loss is a quest usually adults are concerned with and keeps them
on the hamster wheel of dreams and wishes. Unfortunately, the
children of America have now jumped on the same bandwagon. Obesity
in children in America has jumped significantly since the decades
past and presently has become an epidemic. The issue has come
to the attention of the American government who has now categorized
obesity as being an issue of national security. It is hard to
find graduates from high school fit enough to enter the armed
forces and has become a first in American history since America
started recruiting youths at the age of 18.
The number of overweight children has tripled in the last 30 years
to 17% according to the Centers for Disease Control. The percentage
of those categorized as extremely obese was higher than presumed
and found to be at a rate of 7% for boys and 5% for girls. Extremely
obese is defined as being 120% over normal weight for height.
This is astonishing news.
The first lady of the United States under the Obama administration
has taken on the issue of childhood obesity as her main focus
as she is in the White House. Michelle Obama has taken on the
issue of school lunches and challenged school districts to provide
meals that are more nutritious and filled with less fat content.
Will she win this battle? The jury remains out on this. The American
economy is going through an economic recession and budgets are
tight, particularly those in school districts across America.
Providing a 5-day menu of recipes and healthy meals on a strict
budget can be challenging and being inventive sometimes is not
always a hit when it comes to creating meals that are tasty as
well as great to eat. The goal for most cafeterias is to serve
food items that are quick and cause the least waste. Chicken nuggets,
pizza, French fries, corn, and rolls are mainstays of the menu
in most school districts and are favorites of children across
the nation and will be hard to take off the menu in years to come.
Obesity in children in America is an ongoing issue and will be
the topic for debate in school districts and community meetings
across America. With Michelle Obama leading the charge, this issue
will not be fading out of the news any time soon.