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Child Obesity Who is to blame? When I interviewed my Head Teacher, he talked about how he would like to see the council bringing in rules forbidding the surrounding shops to sell food which doesnt comply with the schools healthy eating policy,

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Child Obesity - Who is to blame? By Melissa Reid Globally there are more than 1 billion overweight people and at least 300 million of them are obese, and because I wanted to focus on Britain rather than America I also found out that one in five 11-12 year olds in Scotland are obese. Scientists blame it on an increased consumption of high-energy foods and reduced physical activity. But I think that there is more to it than that. We have taken too long to tackle this problem as a country, and are now only starting to realise that the problem does come from the home, but school plays a major part in the obesity problem. Healthy eating and physical activity are being encouraged as much as possible in my school. Every pupil from 1st to 2nd year has at least two periods of physical education a week, so the sport and exercise is there. The head of the physical education department in my school told me that he feels that most people realise that they will benefit from a healthy lifestyle. However nowadays with everyone being here and there and Mum and Dad mostly working it is very hard for children to fit an hour of exercise into their daily routines. ...read more.


If I was always eating at home I would be a lot healthier because my mum is always giving me my five fruit and vegetables a day and because in the past they didn't let their children have such a big boundary for life they were always kept a close eye on. Nowadays with even ten year olds being allowed to roam about town eating what they want parents can't keep such a close eye on their children. Also children in the past were always running around and playing energetic games outside in the fresh air. We are in such a technological world now with play stations and x-boxes as much as you see the younger generation out in the streets still playing, and having fun, as far as I can remember when I turned about 8 or 9 it wasn't cool to play in the street anymore. The main age worry is teenagers from 13 until you become an adult when you are very vulnerable, just wanting to go out and have fun, rather than care about your figure. I thought about myself when I was thinking of this age category. ...read more.


This possibly can't be solved if very serious but with the right professional psychological and fitness help I feel then someone's daily routine could be drastically changed. The really worrying thing is that we are now being compared as a country to America, which in my opinion started the whole obesity ideas with fast food and junk food! But there is always going to be a way to stop it and at the end of the day no matter how young the individual is it is down to them, their family and their lifestyle to be able to avoid becoming obese. In my opinion the family is to blame after bringing all my evidence together you realise that most of the problems children have come from the home and this is one problem that has grown from the home upwards. Future plans could be in the aim of schools targeting these families who do not follow a healthy lifestyle at home. Something that I will always remember was said by Jamie Oliver; "it's a way of inspiring people in the sense that if we get started on the problem now then our contribution will be massive" My understanding of this comment is that we can tackle obesity, and hopefully in years to come we will! ...read more.

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