Chewing the fat - working to decrease childhood obesity in Clar...
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#1 Jan 18, 2006
As a parent and a health care worker I understand and see the rise in childhood obesity and I feel this is a good program but at the same time I am concerned that heavier children may feel "picked on" or feel as though they are not being treated equally like the "good BMI children". I have seen many children not only from the Clarion school but other schools in the county come in for yearly checkups and are upset because they have this piece of paper from the school telling them that they are fat. I know my child is not able to take food to school to celebrate their birthday or a special holiday even if it is a healthy treat. There needs to be more outside the school activity programs available to these children and their families without making children feel singled out or "fat". I love my child no matter what they weigh and I want them to be happy, well-adjusted and not feel different from the rest of the kids. It is hard enough going through school 10-15 years ago when I was in school because kids are constantly judged by their peers by what they wear, what they do at school and after school and who their family is and what they do in the community. I hope these programs encourage kids to make healthy decisions without making them feel different from everyone else because of their weight or size.
#2 Sep 8, 2007
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