Childhood Obesity : A Growing Problem Essay

1047 WordsNov 8, 20165 Pages
In this paper, I intend to discuss information on Childhood Obesity. I intend to first plainly explain a clear definition of what Childhood Obesity is. Next I plan on explaining some possible reasons why children develop obesity. I also want to give clear consequences and life struggles that may be associated with a child who is obese. I also want to discuss long term effects of this disease on the individual as well as society. Finally, I would like to discuss some possible treatments associated with curing obesity in children as well as in adults. The goal of this paper is not to judge nor is it to look down upon, but it is to simply bring light to a problem that is claiming many lives and stop it before it plagues the future of our youth. Childhood Obesity Childhood Obesity has become a growing problem in America. The rates of the children with obesity are steadily rising, which means that more awareness needs to be put on this subject. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP 2015), states that 17 percent of all children and adolescents are obese. This is roughly estimated to the total of 12.7 million who are struggling with childhood obesity. Webster dictionary defines obesity as “a condition characterized by the excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body”. It also goes on to say that obesity has been linked to many of health risks in children and adults. Children are not labeled with the term obese until their weight is 10 percent
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