Childhood overweight and obesity are at an all-time high this country. This is discouraging because overweight and obese children are at a significantly increased risk of becoming obese adults. Treating the obese is expensive, resulting in a sizable contribution to total healthcare expenditures. Thus, it seems logical that we need to treat the problem in children to avoid having another generation of overweight and obese adults. School-based programs which push nutrition education and increased physical activity during the school day can help decrease childhood overweight and obesity. These programs produce excellent results and could be very cost-effective.
Anderson, R. (2008). Childhood Obesity. Quill & Scope, 1 (1). Retrieved from https://touroscholar.touro.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1041&context=quill_and_scope