July 9, 2012 14:00 by Nina
Obesity rates among children have nearly tripled in the last 30 years, prompting the American Medical Association to support legislation that would require obesity education in American schools.
Classes that teach the causes of obesity, as well as the associated health risks involved, would begin for students in as early as first grade and extend all the way until 12th grade. Prevention techniques would also be part of the curriculum and include tips on maintaining a healthy diet, exercise and staying active.
Who would teach these courses? Doctors would be encouraged to volunteer their time, according to the AMA. But for schools already offering health education classes, this could simply be a new component.
Additionally, the AMA has adopted a policy that supports the taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages. The tax revenue would be used to fund obesity education for consumers.
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