The Epidemic Of Childhood Obesity

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The epidemic of childhood obesity is fierce. The problem is scattered all around the nation from the east coast to the west. Hispanics, Åfrican Americans, Whites, males, females, are all prone to obesity. For the past few years this issue has caught more attention to people around the country. Nearly 18% of children in America are obese (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The number of overweight or obese children continues to grow throughout the country. Lance Armstrong stated “If we don 't somehow stem the tide of childhood obesity, we 're going to have a huge problem.” The youth is experiencing concerning health problems, a lack of physical activity, major health care costs, depression and self-esteem issues because of this epidemic they are having to face. Obesity rates have more than tripled in the United States, and struggles with some of the highest obesity rates in the world. Tom Vilsack believes that a whole generation is at risk because of the obesity epidemic, and according to David Murdock, obesity is running around America everywhere. One out of six children are obese, about 12.7 million children in America (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) . Darrell Hammond believes “Given that the biggest rise in childhood obesity rates are occurring in children ages 3 to 5 years, we must modify our efforts to place an emphasis on prevention versus intervention.” Darrell is right. Obesity is now the number one health concern with parents, topping smoking, and drugs (Overweight in Children). Nearly seventeen percent of children in America are obese, and that number has held steady for many years, and will continue to rise. Only two percent of children eat a healthy diet on a regular basis, that means most chil... ... middle of paper ... ...s from becoming obese will help their kids maintain a good, healthy lifestyle. Childhood obesity is a serious disease, and many children are trying to fight the battle of obesity. The epidemic is all over the United States, and continues to grow. The problem is due to dietary problems that many children are having to face. Obesity could be slown down if more people were aware of the issue, and were aware of the causes that obesity could lead to. Parents should enforce a healthy lifestyle for their children. Children should learn about obesity at an early age, and be aware of what the consequences are such as serious health problems. Bob Filner states “Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating.” Parental involvement plays a major role in preventing this epidemic.

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