Childhood Obesity is a Billion Dollar Scare
Obesity is no longer a problem for just Americans. People and countries around the world are finding themselves overweight and struggling with the same problems many Americans have for decades. The easily reached fast-food chain and the ability to relax for days without exercise has become a pandemic.
To counteract the problem, many countries in Europe are reacting in a way to keep children from becoming over weight. In schools, many governments have hired dieticians and nutrition counselors to come into schools to direct kids and their families. They have hired sports educators to help get the kids involved and are promoting daily exercises that involve the entire school.
The financial burden associated with obesity has become a scare for governments around the world. The Center for Disease Control released a study in July that estimates obesity could cost the U.S. alone as much as $147 billion annually. The cost has been attributed to the rise in health care as children grow older and develop diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and cancers associated with obesity.