Over the past three decades, the childhood obesity rates have tripled in America and currently, according to statistics from the Center for Disease Control, one out of every three American children is either overweight or obese. Furthermore, the CDC concluded that one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives; many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. The growing childhood obesity epidemic not only poses health risks for children but also frequently causes psychological issues; it is common for obese children to be clinically depressed. This epidemic is also of economic concern as more medical attention is needed for this generation and medical costs will only increase as they age. It is time for the nation to take a firm stance against childhood obesity. As Miss Staten Island one of my main goals is to impact the Staten Island Community in order to help our children become healthier in order to provide us all with a healthier tomorrow.
In order to advocate my platform, “Healthy Kids for a Healthier Tomorrow,” I am targeting three main groups: children and youth, parents, and local schools. To make a real impact on the health of our communities’ children, all three groups must work together to promote proper nutrition as well as increased levels of physical activity.
There is no arguing that something must be done in order to impede the rapidly progressing childhood obesity epidemic. I am passionate about improving the health of Staten Island’s children and have plans already in place in order to advocate for this cause. There is no time to delay; the health of our nation’s future relies on our children.