Actively Combating Childhood Weight Gain: An Evaluation of Federal Policy Interventions

Sarah Griswold

Abstract


America’s children and adolescents are facing a childhood obesity crisis that impedes their ability to become healthy adults. This epidemic has drastic economic impacts because the nation shares public health care costs, and there is little incentive for states to act without federal support. In order to address this problem from a national perspective this paper analyzes three different levels of federal interventions. Each alternative presents a policy to increase the amount of physical activity children engage in daily. The paper evaluates each of the different levels of intervention by assessing the strengths and examining the hurdles these levels of intervention face on the road to implementation.

Keywords


childhood obesity; epidemic; public health; health care costs; health policy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4079/pp.v18i0.9356