University Of Maryland Will Use $5 Million For Childhood Obesity Prevention

The American obesity crisis is becoming a familiar topic for the mainstream media outlets and politicians. Many food manufactures are also getting involved, by reducing the amount of sugar in their products. While this will help, it just isn’t enough to offset the obesity crisis. Educators and parents also need to join together to find suitable ways to practice healthy eating habits at home and in school.The University of Maryland School of Medicine received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These funds will be used to help implement wellness policies in public schools. Educators and parents will also be encouraged to take part in tackling childhood obesity, since children split most of their time between home and school.

Associate professor of pediatrics Dr. Erin Hager said, “Having students involved in the health promoting decision can be very important.” A nutritional and balanced diet will definitely help kids grow up to be healthy adults and positive role models for their children.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, in the last 30 years, obesity in children has more than doubled in the United States and tripled among adolescents. A survey led by the CDC, Youth Risk Factor Behavior Survey, showed in 2013, nearly 8 percent of Baltimore middle school students described themselves as slightly or very overweight. The survey was administered to high school students in Baltimore City in 2015, with results that were astonishing at 34.4 percent.

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