Obesity, Children and Physical Education

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Today, it is no secret that America is overweight. Although we still remain the land of the free, we are looked at by the rest of the world as “the fat country”. This is a label that we are not proud of and each day more and more people are becoming aware of the new epidemic called Obesity. In the article “Childhood Obesity in New York City Elementary School Students”, the author Lorna E. Thorpe discusses the numbers and statistics of how many kids are really overweight. “ Findings from the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey indicate that in 1999-2000, the prevalence of obesity among children aged six through eleven years was 15 percent” (Thorpe et al. 2004). Previous surveys show that in 1960 the obesity rate was five percent, and in eleven percent in 1988-1994. From looking at the information in the surveys you can easily see that the obesity rates are climbing rapidly. With obesity, come many dangerous side effects, both short term and long term. Short term side effects of obesity are “adverse effects on growth, blood pressure, blood lipids, and glucose metabolism” (Thorpe et al. 2004). Long term effects consist of “greater risk of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gall bladder disease, and osteoarthritis” (Thorpe et al. 2004). Along with physical effects of obesity, a child will also experience many physiological effects also. “Negative self-image, decreased self-esteem, eating disorders, and lower health-related quality of life” (Thorpe et al. 2004) are all examples of the physiological side effects. These can have a severe impact on a child’s outlook on life as he or she gets older. Although these side effects are prevalent to childhood obesity, no child should have to go through the... ... middle of paper ... ...ing, snowboarding, kickboxing, golf, etc. These games are operated by a motion censored controller that reads the child’s movement. This works because the kid is entertained by the game, but at the same time burning calories. It’s a great idea to narrow the correspondence between obesity and video games. After reading the article and understanding the tests performed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, I strongly believe that it was a great effort to help our youth understand what obesity means. If more people across the globe made efforts like these to help our youth, we could fight this epidemic one school at a time. If we don’t act soon, it will be too late and our youth will become adults; Obese adults. We as the United States need to come together and stand up for what is right. The youth is our future and it’s time we make a change.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that obesity is a dangerous and dangerous side effect of obesity, both short term and long term.
  • Discusses a survey conducted by the new york city department of health and mental hygiene and the department of education to determine how many kids were overweight according to gender, age, and race/ethnicity.
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