Masters Thesis

A Policy analysis on banning competitive food and beverages in California public schools to reduce childhood obesity

This policy analysis researches the epidemic of childhood obesity in California and the state’s efforts to reduce obesity by banning competitive food and beverages in public schools. With an extensive literature review of obesity in California and the rest of the U.S., this analysis compares California to other states in the nation with high obesity rates. The vast efforts and tactics used by states to reduce obesity are compared for commonalities and gaps in the U.S. The research indicated that children across California and the rest of the U. S. are not receiving proper nutrition and exercise. Schools across the nation are being targeted as key contributors to the increase in obesity rates because of poor nutritional standards and physical education standards. The research also indicated that there is a need for a nationwide policy to address childhood obesity. A standardized nationwide policy would be the best method to reduce childhood obesity.

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