Teens & Junk Food: Should Schools Have Limits?s
April 19, 2007
With teen obesity at an all-time high, and related health problems on the rise, this meeting will be devoted to an examination of what families, schools and our society can do to curb these alarming trends. According to the Center for Disease Control, between 1999 and 2004, there was a significant increase in the prevalence of overweight girls (13.8 percent in 1999 to 16.0 percent in 2004). Similarly, among boys, the prevalence increased significantly from 14.0 percent in 1999 to 18.2 percent in 2004. Obesity and being overweight are a result of an imbalance between food consumed and physical activity. How can we reverse this trend and what are the implications to individuals and society if we donít?
This meeting is part of LegiSchoolís annual Student Legislative Summit and participants are selected from LegiSchoolís essay contest.