Childhood Obesity : A Growing Disease

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Childhood obesity in America is a growing disease that has become

an epidemic that has lasting psychological effects because of

advertisement of fast food, lack of physical activities, and parental control

has made food become a major health issue in many young teenagers’

lives today. Who is to blame?

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years

(cdc.gov). this takes us to the focus of how childhood obesity has become

an enormous issue today. For us to understand the impact of

obesity and why we should prevent it, we will need to figure out the

causes of obesity and what keeps people obese. The first step for us to

look at is childhood obesity, even if children are slightly overweight and

not quite obese at childhood, their childhood is laying the foundation for

possible obesity in their future. The primary argument for childhood

obesity is between three factors:

1. How parents may be aiding in unhealthy eating habits.

2. What the schools are serving to the children.

3. How much physical activities children are participating in.

Many parents tend to typecast obesity more as a social issue rather than a health issue. As lead author and registered dietitian Susan T. Borra,
International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation senior vice president, director of nutrition from (Parents, Kids Don’t Perceive Obesity as a Health Problem From Journal of the American Dietetic Association) states; “Parents indicated that they

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