Childhood obesity is a serious health problem. Everyone knows that. Here’s how some other people have attempted to fix it:
- Schools in North Andover, Massachusetts are sending home what parents have been calling “Fat Letters,” which basically notify parents if their child’s BMI (body mass index) qualifies as obese. Do you think the parents like it? (Answer: No.) You can read the article here: “Fat Letters“)
- A similar public campaign showing pictures of heavy kids with slogans saying things like, “step away from the buffet line,” was pulled because parents and kids hated the shaming aspect of it. (Here is my own opinion of that campaign compared with Nike’s childhood obesity campaign: Does Nike’s Ad Exploit Fat People?)
- Michelle Obama started the Let’s Move! initiatives to get more focus on exercise and nutrition in schools with the goal being to end childhood obesity in one generation (20 years.)
If I Had Unlimited Powers, Here’s What I Would Do To Fix Childhood Obesity:
- Focus on the moms. When mom is eating healthy, everyone is eating healthy. Start a “Do It for Your Kids” campaign to motivate moms to follow healthy lifestyle choices. Send out clean eating recipes to cook with your kids. Sometimes a mom will just give up on herself, but does she want her kids to grow up with the same weight struggles she faced? Probably not.
- Eliminate soda machines and junk food from school cafeterias all together. Food is for fuel. Giving kids “foods” with zero nutritional value and a ton of sugar, caffeine and extra calories is setting our kids up for failure. Why even have the option of allowing a seven-year-old guzzle down as many sodas as he can buy?
- Cigarette ads are banned from television. Why not ban junk food ads from kid TV shows and online kid game sites?
- Junk food is fairly cheap compared to healthy food. When I was a starving actress I made do on Ramen Noodles because that’s what I could afford. If I had unlimited powers I would magically reverse that and then some. A bag of apples would cost $1 and a bag of chips would cost $9.
5. Due to the recession, many schools had PE programs and after school sport programs cut. Any business willing to sponsor a school team for the year should get a full tax write off for it. Everyone wins that way.
What would you do to fix childhood obesity?
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