Childhood Obesity : A Growing Problem

1177 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
A quote from Richard Carmona says, “If the childhood obesity epidemic remains unchecked, it will condemn many of our kids to shorter lives, as well as the emotional and financial burdens of poor health” (“Richard”). Carmona is right in many ways. More than ever, childhood obesity is a huge problem in America today. This disease is causes health problems, emotional problems, weakness, and fatigue. Childhood obesity in America has become a widespread problem and will continue to worsen unless we enforce these three important solutions.
Childhood obesity in America is an enormous problem that we face. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children in the past thirty years. The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% to nearly 18% in 2012” (“Childhood”). According to Web M.D., “Children become overweight and obese for a variety of reasons. The most common causes are genetic factors, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of these factors” (“Preventing”). Childhood obesity can lead to many other serious illnesses and problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatigue, depression, and low self-esteem.
One possible solution to lower the child obesity rates is for the schools across the country to limit how much sugar is available to the students. Most schools across the country have a limitless…
Open Document