Even though childhood obesity is an epidemic, many people aren’t aware of it. I found a couple of people today that were willing to let me interview them on the topic at hand and they gave me some really great feedback. A librarian, when asked about her feelings on the childhood obesity epidemic said, “I think it is sad that the world has come to this, and it is all because of lack of parental involvement. They just let their kids stay in the house.” She also added that obese kids not only suffer from being overweight but also because of the teasing and bullying that comes with it. “Fat kids get teased all the time.” She remarks. Russell a second librarian had strong feelings toward the epidemic and the tools that can be used to stop it. He argues that America is obese because “Affordable food is unhealthy and healthy food is expensive.” When asked why minorities are the largest of the obesity percentile of America he says there is lack of knowledge and inequalities amongst people and neighborhoods. He mentioned a couple of great programs that reach out to communities in the quest to healthy eating such as Eat Local, Farmers Markets and even Michelle Obama’s Lets Move campaign. There is a lot of help out there but if people don’t know about them how will the world be a healthier place? I asked the librarians what could they do to contribute to slimming down America and they both agreed on promotion, education and encouragement. “Schools should plant gardens and let the children eat the fruits and veggies from them.” And “Kids should get outside and encourage their friends to come out to play.” These are a couple of helpful tips the librarians gave. I think with the use of the programs available and parents pushing their kids off the couch we can put a stop to childhood obesity.
Student Ambassador: Tameka Evans