Childhood Obesity

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I’m sure you have heard in one way or another about America’s health problems. Many have seen it, others have dealt with it and a few are trying to better this problem. Overweight and obese children have become more prevalent throughout the years. In 1980, surveys showed that only 5% of children were obese or overweight. Now that percentage has more than tripled at a high 17.9% (Center For Disease Control and Pervention). I believe that a simple change could be the solution to this problem. I believe that by simply increasing funds given to schools can help them provide healthier food and will make them able to start new and more advanced health courses that begin early in a child’s life. This many seem like a problem based on appearances but in all actuality, it is not. Overweight and obese children are more susceptible to various physiological and physical diseases including asthma, hepatic steatosis, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and low self-esteem. Asthma is an incurable disease that stays with that person forever. Hepatic Steatosis, also known as fatty liver, is caused by too much fat around the liver which will cause discomfort over the liver and will cause gallstones composed of cholesterol and bile salts(Center For Disease Control and Pervention). Type 2 diabetes is the more common of the two and can also be prevented. Low self-esteem is caused by poor body image and can lead to other, more serious physiological diseases like suicide. Approximately 25% of overweight/ obese children will become overweight and obese adults(Center For Disease Control and Pervention). As adults it is a lot more difficult to get healthy once again so it is best to prevent it from the start. Children who are overwe... ... middle of paper ... ... obese adults. Works Cited 1. "Childhood Overwieght and Obesity." Center for Disease Control and Pervention. CDC, 19 Mar 2010. Web. 22 Mar 2010. . 2. Schanzenbach, Diane W. "Do School Lunches Contribute to Childhood Obesity?." The Harris School University of Chicago. University of Chicago, n.d. Web. 19 Mar 2010. . 3. "National School Lunch Program; Foods Sold in Competition with USDA School Meal Programs." United States Department of Agriculture; FNS. USDA, 12 Jan. 2001. Web. 20 Mar 2010. 4. "Graduation Requirements(Class of 2010)." Harfod County Public Schools. HCPS, n.d. Web. 23 Mar 2010. .

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