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    Anahi commented on the post, Child Obesity

    Dear Tania,

    I appreciate that you took the time out of your day to read our upstander proposal. I also agree with you that child obesity has skyrocketed in a drastic way and if we never address the issue it continue to grow. By informing them it help change because they’ll be more aware. Also its important that they feel supported by their peers…Read More

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    Child Obesity

                                                                                                                            C Dear Oakland Parents, We are writing you this letter to empower you to take care of your child’s health. As a role model for your child you should give them the best example of life which is what we...

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    • Dear Anahi,
      I was incredibly inspired by your words. I was also impressed with the sources you used to support your argument on how to improve rates of child obesity. I think that it is really important that everyone should know ways on improving children’s health because we all want to be healthy. Sometimes, I think we eat what we want to eat because we love the way it tastes, but we forget how unhealthy it may be. Even though I think we could always give ourselves a small, yummy reward, we should also learn to limit ourselves from the unhealthy eating. Or maybe, we could always go out for a run or go meet with our friends for a small game. Thank you for shedding light on an important topic.

      • And thank you, María Molina, Evelin Espinoza, this is an amazing collaboration.

        • Dear Destiny, thanks for taking your time and reading our article we really like to inform people just like you so you guys could take care of your health and eat more healthy. Please help us get more people to read it and you should go follow us on our instagram @obesity.child and help spread this out so people could know about child obesity.

    • Dear Anahi, Maria, and Evelin,
      I was very interested in your Upstander Proposal, “Child Obesity,” because not only am I a Child and Adolescent major, but I find this to be an extremely important issue for everyone. Child obesity has skyrocketed in recent years, the lack of education, physical exercise, and major advertisement are contributions to this issue. Your comment that, “child obesity leads to interpersonal and internalized oppression because the community around them make them feel excluded by their appearance,” stood out to me. I think this is important to touch up on because not only are children’s health affected, but so are their emotions. The fact that these children are more likely to experience depression and low-self esteem based on either peers picking on them or them comparing themselves to others is disheartening. It goes to show how much of a bigger issue child obesity is. Also, you guys mentioned multiple factors that all affect child obesity. I agree completely, eating healthy and doing physical activity is crucial. Technology has become a huge part of society and children are playing outdoors less as they sit in-front of a tablet or playing video games. By informing parents, they will realize to take action and take their children to at least go out and play some ball. Your post has a great message that does bring awareness and it is true parents need to be educated. Although junk food makes their child happy, a nutritious meal is better for their health in the long run. Thanks for bringing awareness and being advocates for the children who need healthy role models!

      • Dear Tania,

        I appreciate that you took the time out of your day to read our upstander proposal. I also agree with you that child obesity has skyrocketed in a drastic way and if we never address the issue it continue to grow. By informing them it help change because they’ll be more aware. Also its important that they feel supported by their peers and community.

    • Anahi, Maria, Evelin,

      As an adult that grew up with childhood obesity having obese parents as you describe, I was welling with pride hearing our Nation’s young people taking on this issue. As you describe, I grew up with self-esteem issues and still have body issues even though once I was out of my parents house and away from the constant flow of food I’ve been able to more or less take control of my body and get in better shape. I am curious about the details. When I was in school we had had health class and I remember my mom diving full into the snack wells craze (a line of products that removed fat in snack foods and replaced them with more sugar, artificial sweeteners and thickeners) because its as low fat and fat=bad. I remember being taught that a banana and yogurt was a healthy choice for breakfast, but being in college and noticing that if I ate this at breakfast I’d be hungry 1.5-2 hours later. As I came to find out, my blood sugar was too sensitive to eat this way and avoid over-eating. I wonder, have you investigated the role of Government in subsidizing the standard American’s diet? Have you looked into lobbying for local, State, and Federal policies that subsidize less nutrient dense foods, questionable nutrition advice, and established food producers that may be contributing to childhood obesity? I do think the consumer habits that you represent with your careful thinking about the issue is somewhat moving the ball in the right direction. To provide one example, I remember being a kid (I’m 35 now) and seeing both sides of a long supermarket aisle stocked top-to-bottom with low-fat, high-sugar cereals and my twin brother and I drinking an entire gallon of skim milk with that cereal a day. Now when I go into my local supermarkets cereal makes up less than half an aisle and there’s far fewer people in the checkout lines with skim milk. Instead there’s a huge portion of the grocery store that is devoted to semi-prepared meal with fresh ingredients. I think I’d call this progress, but I wonder about what you all would think.

    • Destiny, this was a great article. I think that schools should implement more nutrition education too since the child obesity rates in America continue to rise. I think you made many good points and I especially like how you also offered solutions. One question I have would be how would this apply to lower economic classes since healthy food is a little more expensive and less accessible. Overall I enjoyed your article thank you for sharing this piece.

      Sincerely,
      Audrey

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    Anahi commented on the post, Life Goes On

    Dear Gaby,
    I am pleasant by your poem, “life goes on,” because it has a rhythm to it when you’re reading it. Also I like how it talks about life going on because in someone who was in situation maybe they would lean on your poem to show them that no matter what life goes on and they’ll get pass the situation. I like how in your poem you men…Read More

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    Anahi commented on the post, Life Goes On

    Dear Gaby, I am pleasant by your poem, “life goes on,” because it has a rhythm to it when you’re reading it. Also I like how it talks about life going on because in someone who was in situation maybe they would lean on your poem to show them that no matter what life goes on and they’ll get pass the situation. I like how in your poem you mention…Read More

  • Dear Lenny Ledbetter,

    Im very happy that you felt enlighten by my post but you also mention that you didn’t know much about immigration and the effects on family , I wonder why because immigration is a very known issue around the communities. I’m just wondering if you have a blind spot for this issues since it may not affect you as much as it…Read More

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