Preventing Childhood Obesity in Australia Essay
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Childhood obesity is becoming more prevalent in the western world as statistics show that in Australia, one quarter of children are either overweight or obese. (Australian Bureau of statistics)
Teachers have a role and opportunity to be an influence on students. They can train and develop good eating habits as well as encourage physical activity.
The age 2-6 will be the focus of preventing obesity. This is a fantastic age group to work with as they are at the age to start good habits in all areas of life.
Through this essay and backed by research, I will show how physical education is important for 2-6 years old. I will explain a way that teachers can play a role in preventing obesity. I will then finish off with three practical…show more content…
They may not be scared to join in as they are now beginning to enjoy each other’s company. (McDevitt & Ormrod, p20)
Children in this age group also emerge socially. They are ‘more willing to share their toys and take turns’ (Mcdevitt, 2010, p24). This is a great development to have, especially towards physical activity because they are beginning realise the concept of working together and not getting as upset when it is someone else turn in a game they may be playing together.
Teachers have a key role in addressing and preventing obesity. An important key would be to be a role model ourselves. (Briley + Roberts-Gray, 2005: Jana + Shu2007) state that ‘modelling healthy eating to children can help develop healthy eating themselves’. A way we could do this would be taking a piece of fruit to school to eat every day and also watching us drink plenty of water.
Another way a teacher could prevent obesity is to encourage the parents to come on board with encouraging healthy eating and physical activity. ‘Parent food choices and practices play important roles in obesity’ (Berk, 2000, p197). Teachers could send home flyers which include a balance of healthy eating and how much physical activity a child should do daily like the one flyer found .
There are many ways a teacher could assist in addressing obesity and here are three ways that could make a
Childhood Obesity Essay examples
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Forty years ago in America childhood obesity was rarely a topic of conversation. A survey done in the early 1970s showed that 6.1% of children between the ages 12 and 19 were overweight. Eight years later the same survey was done and 17.4% were considered overweight (Iannelli). “Childhood obesity epidemic in America is now a confirmed fact since the number of overweight or obese children has more than tripled during the last 30 years” (Childhood Obesity Epidemic). “Over the last 20 years, the prevalence of obesity in children aged 6 to 11 years has tripled from 6.5% to 19.6%” (Childhood Obesity Epidemic). As a nation statistics should be alarming. Why are American children today so obese?
Before pointing fingers at any one reason, one…show more content…
Find a different punishment or non-food reward.
Step Three: Set an eating schedule for the family. Doing so will make it less likely for children to overeat and be hungry, if there’s a set time for eating. This is especially important for younger children for their metabolism and activity level.
Step Four: Do not allow children to be entertained by television while eating. Television is an easy way to get carried away while eating.
Step Five: Keep children busy, doing so can eliminate the urge to eat once they become bored. “Never offer food as a way to keep them busy while you are doing something else” (Childhood Obesity Epidemic). A parent should always supervise their children’s diet and should encourage them to be physical active because they have a key role when it comes to how their child eats.
Another environmental cause of childhood obesity is the lack of physical activity. The problem is that physical activity has been replaced by video games, television, social networking and other technology. (Child Obesity Statistics) “It’s proven that children who watch the most hours of television have the highest incidence of obesity.” (Hosten) The American Heart Association they recommend “all children age 2 and older should participate in at least 60 minutes of enjoyable, moderate-intensity physical activities every day.” They also recommend “if your child or children don't have a full 60-minute activity break each day, try to provide at