Childhood Obesity: A Growing Problem

966 WordsFeb 21, 20184 Pages
Childhood Obesity: A Growing Problem "Did you know the parentage of overweight children and adolescents in the United States has nearly tripled since the early 1970's?" Childhood obesity is a rising social problem in the United States and affects many Americans. There are many reasons why childhood obesity is a problem in our society which leads to long term consequences. A few of the consequences include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, and social discrimination. All of these conditions can shorten and cause difficulties throughout one's life if nothing is done to prevent them. Healthy living is difficult to do, but when you have the right mentality, you can achieve your goals. The list of reasons why a child is obese can go on and on, a major part to contribute to their weight can be what happens mentally. Their mental state can determine whether they want to play a sport or go home and play video games. Children form a social identity and feel as if that is what they are and cannot change it. An authoritative parent can help change this in their child. There is a numerous amount of activities a child or adolescent can do to exercise. Not every child will want to play sports right away but if their parents force them to at least try them at least once the child will most likely enjoy it. Not only will they be exercising, it will keep them away from technology and will give them more opportunities to make friends. One of the main contributors to
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