Knowledge alone not enough to curb childhood obesity

October 14, 2010
by Alvin Jackson
Zanesville Times Recorder

Thirty teenagers sit in a classroom, in six evenly spaced rows of desks, heads down, pencils diligently scratching at the day's lesson. But something's different about the kids in the back two rows -- not something, rather nearly everything. Each of these 10 kids takes at least one pill every day to control diabetes, and a few take shots. Several take other pills as well for high blood pressure and high cholesterol.


In class, these children are more likely to have a harder time learning and focusing. They are more likely to miss school or drop out. Outside of the classroom, they face bullying; their lives are dampened due to depression. When asked about their quality of life, their answers resemble those of children with cancer. They are told to be more active, but when they try, the pain in their legs and difficulty breathing makes them stop. They try to eat healthier, but those healthy foods aren't in the stores that are near their homes. These 10 teenagers potentially will not outlive their parents.


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