Childhood Obesity

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Over spring break, my niece and nephew stayed at my house. I thought it would be fun to have them for the whole week. I made plans to go to Manteca’s Street Fair, enjoy a picnic at the nearby park, and go for bike rides along the Bike Trail. I never thought it was going to be so difficult to set my plans into motion. My nephew planted himself on the couch in front of the TV with the Play Station controller practically super glued to his hands. He only got off the couch to use the restroom or to eat; when I say “to eat”, I mean to say that he gorged himself on snacks, sweets, processed and microwavable foods, because he refused to eat the homemade food I prepared, saying it “didn’t taste good.” My nephew is just one of the millions of children that suffer from the increase of childhood obesity in America today.

According to a June 2010 report from the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity has increased by more than 300 percent in the past 30 years (Obesity). What is to blame for this obscene increase? Possible factors that contribute to this trend include changes to the food market, the up rise in single and/or dual career parents, the increase and range of technology use, as well as economic struggles that cause schools to cut their funding for lunches and extracurricular activities. An underlying, not so obvious cause is the overall safety of children in today’s world.

The biggest and most obvious cause is that the country’s food market is more than ever, geared towards children. As stated by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, approximately 80% of advertisements that appear during children’s television broadcasts are fast food related (Food). These advertisements use popular cartoon characters, hip music, ...

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...y, and child safety all play a role. If our children continue to go down their current sedentary paths, their lifespans will be considerably less than ours.

Works Cited

"Childhood Obesity Fact Sheets (PDF) - DASH/HealthyYouth." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web. 24 Apr. 2011. .

"Food Marketing to Children." Www.cspinet.org. Web. 24 Apr. 2011. .

"Healthy Kids." Www.cdc.org. Web. 24 Apr. 2011. .

"Obesity Childhood Trends." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web. 25 Apr. 2011. .

"Unhealthy Marketing to Kids." Www.eatbettermovemore.org. Web. 24 Apr. 2011. .

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