Childhood Obesity - Milestone Two

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1 Childhood Obesity Christy Fox Southern New Hampshire University
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2 September 14, 2016 Congressman Tom Cole U. S. House of Representatives 2467 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Congressman Cole: As I’m sure you are aware, childhood obesity has continue to grow over the past three decades. In fact, it has more than doubled over the past three decades. I would know, unfortunately I used to be one of those obese children. All during my school years I was always deemed overweight, but it was often overlooked due to the fact that I was always tall for my age. I think at the peak of my weight in school it was around 230 pounds, being 5’11 this was still very overweight. This made it hard to participate in cheerleading, basketball, and eventually made me quit the drill team I was on. The weight also contributed in making my childhood asthma condition worse than it would have been had I been an average weight. I was also diagnosed as being hyperglycemic which is a pre-cursor to diabetes. Not to mention how cruel the kids in school always were. One time when I tripped and fell some of them yelling ‘timber, there she blows’, lots of people don’t realize how this can shape a child’s life as an adult. With this being said, I am asking for you to become a representative for initiating programs to help children overcome obesity within the state of Oklahoma. If the citizens of the State of Oklahoma don’t get a handle on childhood obesity, then we as not only parents, but teachers, and liaisons are failing our children. I feel that we are telling our children that they will possibly end up with a variety of medical conditions (diabetes, strokes, and heart disease, to name a few) and that is perfectly okay. I don’t know about you, but that’s not okay with me to allow this to happen.
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3 “Through enactment of legislation during the 2007-2010 sessions, the National
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