One in every three children born in the year 2000 will have type 2 diabetes because of their weight. By the year 2035, 16% of obese children will have coronary heart disease, a very serious form of heart disease. Billions of dollars are spent every year on healthcare for people who are overweight or obese. These are just some of the few staggering statistics I discovered when preparing my White Paper. Paired with this, students are being fed unhealthy meals in schools, food advertisements plague television networks, and portion sizes are increasing. Due to the culture we have created, children are getting sicker and less productive every day. If we don’t do something, our nation will progressively become sicker and more financially burdened.
Many different types of movements and legislation have arisen from the rise of childhood obesity. People are recognizing the problem yet are not doing enough to fix it. My paper recognizes these flaws and proposes plausible recommendations to help stop the epidemic in its tracks. There is a very fine line between creating a healthier country and instilling a fear of food, so these recommendations reflect that and find ways to help our country move positively forward.