The Problem of Obesity in Children

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The lack of physical activity in children is a growing problem due to the percentage of kids who are affected by obesity, the sugary food diets, and the lack of participation in physical activity; however, children who are physically active tend to have better health, an easier time learning, and have a higher self confidence. Obesity is determined by a formula called BMI and is calculated by dividing body weight by height squared. Childhood obesity is a BMI at or above twenty-five ("Combatting Childhood Obesity"). One in five children in the United States are overweight based on this measure; which is one-third of children age two to nineteen ("Documentary: Way Beyond Weight" ). There are many reasons why children in this country have obesity issues or are overweight. The causes of obesity range from genetic factors to proper diet and exercise. Children can inherit certain weight problems from genetic factors and parents are a child’s first example of healthy lifestyle habits ("Preventing Obesity in Children, Causes of Child Obesity, and More." ). In a recent study of two hundred and fifty six children, Dr. Tucker, a professor and director of health promotion at Brigham Young University, found that “kids whose parents are more physically fit were themselves in better shape.” (Moving into the Future: National Standards for Physical Education). Children have unhealthy eating patterns, medical conditions, and a lack of physical activity. Children are hooked on sugary drinks and fast food. Fast food restaurants appeal to children with cute toys advertising super sized meal choices and sweet fruit drinks or sodas. Commercials urge children to eat junk food, which are cheaper and easier to access; toy advertisements and movi... ... middle of paper ... ...ow Physical Fitness May Promote School Success." Well How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. "More About MOVE." Kids' Exercise: How Physical Activity and Exercise Benefit Your Body. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. Moving into the Future: National Standards for Physical Education. Reston, VA: NASPE Publications, 2004. Print. Nieman, Peter. "STRESS AND ANXIETY MANAGEMENT." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 21 Oct. 0005. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. "Preventing Obesity in Children, Causes of Child Obesity, and More." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. "Proven: Kids Get Smarter Just from Exercising." Mercola.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. "Robert Wood Johnson Foundation." RWJF. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. US News. U.S.News & World Report, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2014.
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