A Child 's Silent Killer

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A Child’s Silent Killer

A serious life threatening condition is sweeping over the U.S. today. This ailment can cause numerous types of cancer and is drastically increasing in incidence. The individuals affected are our children and adolescents. No this “disease” is not untreatable, it is not contagious and there is no chemo involved yet it continues to grow. Why? When asked to present a problem and a solution, what bigger a problem and easier a solution than the underrated concern of childhood obesity in the United States. Childhood obesity is a serious, life threatening and growing medical concern in the U.S. today which can be prevented by educating parents, and implementing healthy eating habits as well as physical activity in schools. Childhood obesity is a growing health concern in the United States today. Obesity is defined as a condition caused by the surplus buildup and storage of body fat (4). The percentage of children with this condition, or who are overweight has drastically increased since 1980. In children/adolescents from ages 6-11 the percentages have raised from 7% to nearly 18%, and in ages 12-19 from 5% to nearly 21% (1). “Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years,” says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It is obvious that this is an expanding issue and as well a very serious and life threatening one. Without change, these percentages may continue to rise and the U.S. will be…

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