Childhood Obesity : A Growing Problem Without An Answer

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Childhood Obesity: a Growing Problem without an Answer
Children laughing, running, and playing kickball, this is a common site when passing an elementary school during recess, but as the ages increase, the activity levels seem to decrease. In middle school, more and more kids are on their cell phones or playing with portable gaming devices, while the basketball hoops are barely used. Along with the decrease in activity, there appears to be an increase in the children appearing to be overweight. Childhood obesity is a common health issue that is brought to the public’s attention frequently. There are programs set up that are trying to battle the ever increasing rates of obesity, but the effectiveness of these programs are slow or not working. The rise in obesity leads to a rise in many other health areas including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Children are having to monitor their cholesterol and blood sugar levels instead of worrying about which team they will be on for kickball. Childhood obesity has been a health issue that the United States and the rest of the world has not had a solution that has effectively changed the habits and attention is needed to break us from this sedentary lifestyle.
Since the 1980s, childhood obesity rates have been increasing, not only in the United States, but worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the occurrence of childhood obesity has reached “epidemic levels” (Cowie 18). These increases have even been present…

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