Public Perceptions of Childhood Obesity

Summary: This article starts off talking about how childhood obesity has tripled since the 1980’s and is now considered and epidemic by the CDC. The discuss the exigency of the topic saying that it is now just as serious, if not more, than tobacco use and violence among kids. The article then talks about how schools are major problems when it comes to childhood obesity and that school is where kids should learn good healthy habits. They then give statistics about how schools, with the options on how to reduce childhood obesity, 69% favored increasing recess time and how it is conducted. However, this could present a problem, (based on their findings) because the public may not be willing to pay the increased costs to make this possible. It also gives a list on what schools can do to help children learn healthy life choices.

Rhetorical Context: Being published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine makes this article more credible academically. Besides the statistics, that could be considered outdated since the article was published in 2005, the article give basic points that argues when recess, and schools in general, are necessary for helping children with their health. It also presents some possible counterarguments that could arise from the suggestion of continuing and structuring recess within the school system. This article would be beneficial to my research because it presents counterarguments, along with statistics about what school are willing to do to help reduce childhood obesity.

Evans, Douglas W., Finkelstein, Eric A., Kamerow, Douglas B., Renaud, Jeanette M. “ Public Perceptions of Childhood Obesity.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 28.1 (2005): 26-32. Web. 29 April 2011.

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