A few years back, Obama signed the “Child Nutrition Act”. The Act’s aim is to improve the quality of free meals in schools by providing schools with cash to regularly update food standards and allow more children to qualify for their meals. In a nutshell, the USDA will have the authority to set nutritional standards for all foods sold at schools in vending machines, lunch lines and school stores. Also, the USDA will set physical activity standards. Fighting obesity should not be a political fight. This issue affects everyone. Michelle Obama is also doing the right thing with her “Let’s Move” campaign at schools. Somebody has to take the lead in this fight.
How did we get to this point? Are we all to blame for this epedemic? Yes. We can sit back and blame the fast food industry for making even larger sizes, or we can face the problem head on with self-discipline. The choice is yours. Family, schools, and the media also have a role to play in combatting obesity. Proper exercise and diet are the key. Discussions about fat taxes on soda in some cities also needs closer inspection. We all have to come up with solutions, when it comes to tackling one of society’s biggest challenges, the fight against obesity.