Childhood Obesity : A Growing Problem

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A huge problem that we are facing in the world today is that of childhood obesity. It is a rising epidemic, not only in the United States but around the world. One study states: “OBESITY RATES HAVE INCREASED STEEPLY IN RECENT DECADES, with two-thirds of American adults and one-third of American children (aged 2 to 19) currently overweight or obese. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults, and obesity is associated with a host of chronic diseases, including Type-2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, whose health effects are cumulative over time” (WOLFSON, J. A., GOLLUST, S. E., NIEDERDEPPE, J. and BARRY, C. L. (2015), The Role of Parents in Public Views of Strategies to Address Childhood Obesity in the United States. Milbank Quarterly)
Being overweight can impair school performance in many ways, including health-related absenteeism. Among the medical conditions linked with overweight in school-aged children are asthma, joint problems, type 2 diabetes, depression and anxiety, and sleep apnea. Social problems--such as being teased or bullied--loneliness, or low self-esteem can also affect how well children do in school.
Although the evidence that child obesity affects school performance is limited, nutrition clearly affects academic performance. Poor nutritional status and hunger interfere with cognitive function and are associated with lower academic achievement. Iron deficiency is linked to shortened attention span, irritability, fatigue, and
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