Obesity in Children Across America

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Obesity in children across America has become an increasing public health concern. Obesity has been identified as an epidemic that is plaguing our children in the United States. In some countries around the world children are dying of starvation everyday. How can this happen when here in America the opposite is a major problem? This is not to say that in America there are no hungry or starving children. It has been proven that our children suffer from obesity, and “children who are overweight or obese as preschoolers are five times as likely as normal-weight children to be overweight or obese as adults” (“Hope”). Obesity not only can cause a child to become more prone to having health problems down the road, but it can also make them feel insecure about themselves. There needs to be action taken in schools as well as in homes to help prevent this growing epidemic. A child who is obese is automatically more likely to be exposed to a variety of health hazards throughout his or her life. It is estimated that “15 percent of children between six and nineteen suffer from obesity” (Lee and Sprague). A person who is deemed obese, is someone who has “a body fat percentage of more than 25 percent in boys and 32 percent in girls” (Lee and Sprague). Being severely overweight exposes you to more diseases than someone who is not overweight. Obese people “are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes . . . [from] being overweight” (Lee and Sprague). Some health issues, such as hypertension, heart attacks, and cancer can be obtained from being obese. There is also a great risk of “heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and other chronic illnesses” when you are obese (“Hope”). high cholesterol as well as high blood pressure. Being obes... ... middle of paper ... ...are to reverse this plague of obese children, everyone needs to realize these issues and work collectively with each other and find a resolution for the children. Works Cited Ballaro, Beverly and Ann Griswold. "Junk Food In Schools: An Overview." Points Of View: Junk Food In Schools (2013): 1. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 2 Mar. 2014. Harding, “Hope for Childhood Obesity.” The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 6 Aug. 2013. Web. 3 March 2014. Lee, Deborah and Nancy Sprague. "Point: Public Schools Should Not Be Permitted To Sell Junk Food To Students." Points Of View: Junk Food In Schools (2013): 2. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 2 Mar. 2014. Rich, Alex K. and Denise B. Geier. "Point: Physical Education Is A Necessary Developmental Tool." Points Of View: Physical Education (2013): 2. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.

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