Childhood Obesity : A Major Problem

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The past several decades have seen an escalating trend in the rate of childhood obesity in the United States. Childhood obesity has continued to be a major problem. According to the International Association for the Study of Obesity, currently 17.1% of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight. Overweight children are more predisposed to the danger of continuing to be obese in their adulthood unless they establish healthier eating habits and exercise. Today, many children’s lifestyles are spent watching television, consuming foods high in sugar and fat, and not getting enough exercise, which has contributed to the high prevalence of childhood obesity. Due to the fact obesity is such an extreme problem in the United…show more content…
The rate of obesity in children ages 6-11 increased from 6.5 to 19.6 percent between the years 1980 and 2008 (Lueke). Today kids are spending most of the day in front of screens, whether that be watching television, spending time on the computer, or playing video games and not enough time being physically active. Children today spend on average 25 percent of their day in front of screens (“How Has the Childhood Obesity Rate Changed in the Last 30 Years”). I think it’s scary to think how television watching has increased so much in our society the last several decades. Children would rather stay inside to watch television, then go outside to play with their friends.
In 2010, first lady, Michelle Obama, launched a campaign called “Let’s Move” to help end childhood obesity. The campaign is “dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams” (Obama). It’s sad to think that this “generation is on track to be the first generation in America that’s less healthy than their parents,” Michelle Obama stated. Research has shown that the children today are going to die at an earlier age than their parents because of this obesity epidemic. This campaign has four pillars that Michelle wants to address to America. They include “offering parents the tools and information they need to make better decisions about their children’s nutrition, getting healthier
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