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Deborah McWilliams Milestone two Healthcare Economics
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August 8, 2015 Congressman John C. Carney, Jr. U. S. House of Representatives American Legion Fox Post #2 835 Bay Road Dover DE 19901 Dear Congressman Carney: Childhood obesity has grown over the past three decades. Matter-of-fact, childhood obesity has more than doubled over the past three decades. I should know. I am one of those who got caught up in being an obese child. When I was in school, eight grade to be exact, my weight was 299 pounds. All throughout elementary and junior high school, I was made fun of, kids bullied me, could not participate in activities and overall had a very low self-esteem. I had many medical conditions, one of which having a stroke in my left eye (it has since healed itself). I missed a lot of school and my mother had to get waivers for me to pass each year in junior high. With this being said, I am asking you to become a representative for initiating programs to help children overcomes obesity in the State of Delaware. If the State of Delaware doesn’t get a handle on childhood obesity, then we as parents, teachers, and liaisons are failing our young people. We are in a sense telling the children that they are going to possibly get a variety of
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medical conditions (diabetes, heart disease, stroke and many other conditions) and it is okay. No, it is not okay to allow this to happen. “Through enactment of legislation during the 2007-2010 sessions, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) saw increasing and sustained interest among state legislatures in policies designed to promote healthy communities and reduce or prevent childhood obesity” (NCSL, January 2012). The Prevention of Childhood Obesity Act was introduced by Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) on April 14, 2005. When Senator Kennedy introduced the bill he stated, “Prevention is the cornerstone of good health and long, productive lives for all Americans. Childhood obesity is preventable, but we have to work together to stop this worsening epidemic and protect our children’s future” (OLPA). One can only imagine what the impact would be if a bill were to become realistic. Take a look at the pro’s and con’s regarding a bill like this. First, the children would become healthier in
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