Childhood obesity in Baltimore City, USA

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Addressing the obesity problem one City at a time, Baltimore City, USA

 

 It is a well established fact that a significant portion of adults in the United States are obese.  According to statistics released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 39 state have obesity rates over twenty five percent.  There is also a link to obesity and increased risk of life threatening disease such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke, all may result in premature death.

Obese children are more likely to become obese adults. The children in Baltimore city have one of the highest childhood obesity rates in the United States.  By addressing the problem at the root, the children, you are likely to have an impact on the problem by reducing the number of obese children.  This in turn will likely reduce the number of obese adults.  This approach is good in that it addresses the problem at its root.

  • ·         One of the issues with addressing obese children is that they do not have a significant amount of control in the things that lead to their obesity.  Some of the contributing factors include; play time, play areas, and the foods they consume at home and in school.  By introducing legislation that would require the children to be fed lunches that are more nutritious and do not contribute to childhood obesity is a start. Read More In addition, by addressing the physical education requirement that could lead to more physical activity is another approach.
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I believe it would make sense to address the problem of obesity in this country at its root.  By supporting legislation in Baltimore City, a city with one of the highest childhood obesity rates in the country is an excellent place to begin.

 

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2 Responses to “Childhood obesity in Baltimore City, USA”

  1. plighter Says:

    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has an entire two boards, the Board on Children, Youth, and Families and the Food and Nutrition Board, dedicated to issues such as this. Starting in early 2010, the IOM gathered a group of experts to take another look at childhood obesity prevention policies, ending their investigation with the development of 18 recommendations on how to improve our children’s health outcomes particularly as they relate to obesity. The group focused on several areas at the root of the problem including greater growth monitoring, increasing physical activity, promoting healthy eating, limiting marketing and screen time such as television, and increasing sleep. I sincerely hope lawmakers take these recommendations into consideration when drafting such legislation you’re pushing for in Baltimore.

    In case you were interested, here’s a link to the recommendations in the full report: http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Early-Childhood-Obesity-Prevention-Policies.aspx.

  2. mkamau17 Says:

    Childhood obesity is definitely a problem in in Baltimore City. However, i wonder how much attention has been paid to finding solutions that incorporate the parents or guardians of the children. It is my opinion that we learn how to eat from our homes. Providing nutritious lunches is an excellent option but if children do not have nutritious meals served at home, then reducing the number of children who are obese will prove to be a difficult task. Having lived both in Baltimore City and the suburbs surrounding Baltimore, I can attest that finding fruits, vegetables and other healthier food choices was difficult and expensive in Baltimore city. With no car at my disposal, the commute to the grocery store took about two hours. Very few grocery stores in the city offered nutritious food choices and those that did would be definitely out of the price range of most residents of Baltimore city because of their low socioeconomic status. I can therefore see why it would be difficult for parents to offer their children healthy food choices. Finding solutions that address this problem, together with aggressive campaigns to educate the childrens’ parents on how to prepare healthy foods at home, will probably help to decrease childhood obesity rates in Baltimore city.

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