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Child obesity

December 15, 2009

At Lincoln University in the United States, students are required to take a test to check their weight status. Obese students can only graduate if they take a healthy living classes.

What do you think of such plan?

Click here to read the article about child obesity in Taiwan

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  1. January 27, 2010 2:15 pm

    By Carrie Cheung Wing-lam, Tung Chung Catholic School

    Tackle childhood obesity

    Child obesity is becoming a serious problem in Hong Kong and we need to tackle it before it’s too late. Firstly, schools should educate students about the importance of a healthy diet. They could invite experts to give talks on the dangers of being overweight.

    Moreover, school canteens should be banned from selling junk food. Instead, the menu should include healthy food, such as salads, fresh juice, milk and bread.

    Secondly, the government should teach parents to cook healthy meals and distribute recipes among housewives. Thirdly, the government should encourage children to do more exercise by providing more sports facilities in public housing estates.

    Today’s children spend far too much time in front of their computers or glued to TV screens. Physical inactivity leads to poor health. It’s time we took action to curb this dangerous trend.

    • January 27, 2010 2:16 pm

      Thank you for your letter, Carrie. You have hit the nail on the head. Generally, obesity is caused by two things – eating more food than your body uses, and not exercising enough. It is very easy to overeat these days because most of our convenient food is very high in calories. Some restaurant’s dishes might contain an adult’s whole day’s calorie intake in just one portion. According to weightlossforall.com, a single meal at McDonald’s can bring you close to half of your daily calorific needs – a Big Mac is 485 cals, with a large fries (400) and a milkshake (380).

      Obesity brings a raft of problems with it. It’s not just the social issues of not being able to keep up with your slimmer friends, but it can also affect your body in the future.

      You’re right when you say sitting around in class, in front of the computer or television is also a major cause of obesity. Children were not meant to do this. They were meant to be outdoors, running around, making their bones strong and allowing their muscles to develop properly. We need try to get at least an hour or two’s worth of exercise every single day.

      Susan, Editor

  2. January 18, 2010 5:36 pm

    By Christy Chan, Tung Chung Catholic School

    Obesity among children is more serious recently because of the increasing amount of fast food stores. In order to prevent this problem, we have to take the initiative to fight against this issue. Here are the methods I suggest:

    First and foremost, educating children is the responsibility of parents. Parents shouldn’t give to much pocket money to their children. Otherwise rather than spending it on essentials, they spend it in junk food and candies. All of this unhealthy foods contain a lot of fat and sugar, and if children excessively intake many of these products it will only make them become more and more fat.

    Apart from giving less pocket money, parents should encourage their children to do more exercise as exercise burns down the fat and calories the child gains from their unhealthy eating habits.

    Parents could also prevent their children from getting overweight by cooking healthy food everyday or at least a few times a week. This way, the child will receive an appropriate amount of nutrients and will minimize the amount of unhealthy food they intake.

    Schools could help by only providing healthy food for the students to purchase, so that students won’t have a choice but to eat healthy food with sufficient nutrients that their body needs.

    If children cannot purchase junk food with their own money and are only allowed eating healthy at home and schooling, there is a low chance for them to intake these unhealthy food products, therefore, minimizing the chance for the child to be obese.

  3. Samantha permalink
    December 15, 2009 6:01 pm

    It is a splendid idea but not practical.
    Health is important to all walks of life, undoubtedly. Being obese brings along loads of health problems such as diabetes , high blood pressure, to name but a few. Under this plan, students are ensured to be physically fit and in turn have a strong body. At the first sight, it seems to be so perfect to solve the severe problem of overweight children, yet it is just apparent and cannot curb it completely.
    It is noted that a number of reasons can be accounted for obesity, not only blame for uncontrollable diet.For instance, heredity and disease can be one of the causes. These may be incurable, making a child fat life-long. In this case, with his unchanged body size, his chance for graduation is surely deprived of.
    On top of that, this may put children under great pressure. Students try their best to limit the increase of their weight, being afraid of forbidding graduation. It may have opposite effect. Also, it is unfair too. Graduation means that a student has already attained certain knowledge and skills and can adapt to the society. Just because of their weight, they cannot graduate even they meet the criteria. It is unbelievable, isn’t it?
    Taking a test to check the weight status is acceptable, but a better follow-up is preferred.

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