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Should Obesity Education Be Taught In Schools?

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Obesity Class

Why not?

As long as it doesn't push out or interfere with other studies, how can this possibly be a bad thing??

The American Medical Association wants schools to teaching a yearly class aimed at preventing obesity for public school kids and teens.

Should it be a whole class, though… or a "chapter" of say, health class?

Almost 1 in 5 kids are obese nowadays here in the U.S., and that's totally unacceptable.

The CDC says obese children are more likely to have high blood pressure and cholesterol, which will probably lead to future heart problems — not to mention breathing problems like sleep apnea and asthma, joint problems and pain, fatty liver disease, gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD), and social and psychological issues like poor self-esteem.

There's also a movement to raise taxes on sugary drinks:

"Where taxes are implemented on sugar-sweetened beverages, using revenue for anti-obesity programs and educational campaigns explaining the adverse effects of excessive consumption of these beverages will help to reduce the consumption of these caloric beverages and improve public health."

The AMA didn't go through with this though, landing on that people should be making their own health decisions and not be punished for it, even financially.

Well, whatever. We need to do something.

This shizz is out of control, and we don't want an army of unhealthy adults larger than the one we already have!

Our kids should live LONG and fulfilling lives!

[Image via AP Images.]

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