One of the developing issues affecting teenagers today is the rise in the levels of teenage obesity. A number of experts have suggested that increasingly inactive lifestyle, together with poorer nutrition alternatives, is a major contribution to the increasing number of teenagers considered obese or overweight.
The impacts that teenage obesity has on wellbeing can start during teenage years and extend all through a lifetime if not taken care of. The effects of obesity are Heart disease, hypertension, asthma, and sleeping problems. In addition, teen obesity can bring about mental problems linked with social issues and downbeat body reflection which are linked with being treated as an outsider.
Review of PE policy in schools should be made. The policy should ensure that during PE, every student participates fully in different sports. This way, idle students will be engaged, and this will reduce cases of teenage obesity. The policy should also ensure that PE is compulsory for all students irrespective of their health condition.
The policy will ensure that different sports are available for students with different health conditions to avoid some students missing out exercises. Another policy that should be introduced in schools is diet policy. The policy should ensure that school cafeterias offer healthy foods. It should also discourage students from carrying junk food from home as their snacks. The policy should be specific on what kinds of foods students are allowed to carry to school.
The aims of these two policies are to ensure that teenagers do not become idle hence develop obesity. As they participate in various sports, they will be able to cut down excessive fats that bring about obesity. Moreover, the policy that restricts students on the kind of foods they should eat while in school will reduce their chances of getting overweight.
This is because teenagers spend most of their time in school, and, therefore, the chances of getting overweight are immense since there are many cafeterias in school where they can access junk foods. Therefore, this policy will ensure that students only eat foods that are healthy, and this is likely to reduce cases of obesity among the teenagers.
Even with these two policies, barriers to them are likely to come up. This is because there are parents who might feel that their children are being denied their rights to eat whatever they like. Another barrier that might come up is the lack of support from parents to discourage their children from eating junk foods while at home.
However, one can overcome these two barriers by enlighten parents and teenagers on the causes and dangers of obesity. By doing this, parents are likely to cooperate and support the policies as every parent wants what is best for their children.
Teenage obesity is a developing anxiety for a large number of parents. Sugary drinks, excessive eating of junk foods, Inactive lifestyle are all factors that contribute to the teen obesity. Teenagers who are obese or overweight face a danger of future health complications like diabetes, heart diseases, and other sicknesses.
There are policies that can prevent obesity, and they include enacting policies that ensure that every student participates actively in different sports during PE lessons. Also, policies should be passed on what kind of foods should be sold in the student cafeteria and foods that students can carry to school as snacks.