Child Obesity : Problem Statement

954 Words Dec 15th, 2015 4 Pages
To: Bill de Blasio
Office Held: Mayor of New York City
Issue: Child obesity Problem statement
In the United States, an increasing problem that Americans faces is obesity. According to (Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2015, the prevalence of Childhood Obesity during the years 2011 and 2012 are about to 17% of children ranging from ages 2-19 years old and the most common among ethnic groups. The statistics listed in the CDC shows there is a major problem that children face. Recent research have found that in the last four decades, amount of children that are overweight were increase three folds.
The reason why many children are becoming overweight and obese is because the children are engaged in a more westernized style of eating which includes eating foods loaded with fat and sugar while low in fiber (Siegler, DeLoache, Eisenberg, Saffran, & Leaper, 2014). Children that are overweight or obese would be more likely to have trouble managing their weight throughout their lives and run a higher risk of harmful decisions to manage their weight including starvation, smoking, or surgery (Siegler et al., 2014).
The amount of physical activity children engage in is also a factor to take in account of. In this generation compared with previous generation, children are not as physically active and outgoing and nearly 50 percent of preschoolers go outside and play for less than an hour (Tandon, Zhou, & Christakis, 2012). Inactive children who stay home and spend hours watching…

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