The National Center for Children in Poverty has provided tips for policymakers to follow in hopes of combating the obesity problem in America and reducing its overall impact.
Statistics shows that one out of every six adolescents is overweight, and one out of every three is at risk. The NCCP suggests implementing and enforcing rules on nutritional information that makes it clearer and easier for parents and youngsters to make healthy choices as well as increasing the access to healthy and more affordable foods.
More tips from the NCCP include limiting childhood exposure to tempting food marketing campaigns, improving the quality of other foods sold at or near schools, increasing opportunities for physical activity in communities, as well as asking the government to fund projects addressing disparities in obesity rates, and to focus on figuring out ways to fight the disorder.
The NCCP notes that If action is not taken regarding the national issue of obesity, there will be an increased risk of people developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer, among other negative health outcomes.
Adolescents currently battling obesity may fight the weight disorder for the rest of their lives if they do not take action. Consequentially, their life insurance premiums will be high because of their unhealthy lifestyle.