The issue I am focusing on is childhood obesity. Currently childhood obesity is a widespread issue across the United States. I believe that it is the government’s responsibility to end this obesity epidemic.
My resource is a book on childhood obesity called Our Overweight Children: What Parents, Schools, and Communities Can Do to Control the Fatness Epidemic. This book gives an overview of childhood obesity. It expands on the significant health problems that can strike youth who are seriously overweight. Each year that a fat child gets fatter, the chances of developing the chronic diseases that are linked to adult obesity become greater. More shocking, an obese child can expect a shorter life. The chronic diseases related to being overweight are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and breathing difficulties. It also gives information about the major causes of obesity such as genetics, the environment, lack of physical activity, and unhealthy food.
After giving a deeper look at the causes this book suggests ways we can fight the epidemic. It discusses what steps parents must take to encourage healthy life styles and eating choices for children. It also suggests what schools, the community, and corporations can do to help the issue. Finally it makes suggestions with what the government can do. This is the part I found more beneficial for my white paper. The book suggests that the government should levy a tax on food products of minimal nutritious value and use the revenue to fund healthy weight initiatives. They should also require the media to create and present public health messages equal in airtime to food promotion ads. Another change they can implement is to allocate funds for training health professionals in methods to prevent and treat childhood obesity.
I believe that this books suggest very reasonable changes that the government can implement. They are not overly costly and I believe that they would successfully reduce the number of obese children. This resource is a reliable source. The author presents materials to back up her arguments and helped me further my knowledge on the issue. She focuses a lot on what society can do to help this problem and it is clear she truly wants to fix the issue. The only issue about this resource is that it was published in 2011 and some of their implementation plans may be outdated.
Source: Dalton, Sharron. Our Overweight Children: What Parents, Schools, and Communities Can Do to Control the Fatness Epidemic. Berkeley: U of California, 2004. Print.