Childhood Obesity : A Pervasive Problem

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Childhood Obesity
In the United States, childhood obesity has become such a pervasive problem that it is now the number one concern for parents and doctors, even more than drug abuse and smoking. Obesity can lead to many health issues as any child transitions into adulthood; if any bad habits that may have led the child to become overweight persists, they are likely to have an unhealthy future. In Recent times more people have been making less money, and with healthy food prices being raised and/or being expensive, many lower-income families have a higher rate of becoming obese in the U.S. A nice salad with water may cost a lot more money than a hamburger with soda, lower-income families have to buy the cheaper, more unhealthy meals to keep their family members alive; although it may just be killing them as much as not getting fed at all. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in just under 40 years. In 2011-2012 about 17% of children and teenager were obese. Latino children have a higher chance of being obese than other U.S. youth, 40.7% of Latino children are obese, African American children, 23.8% and Caucasian children, 27.8%. Male children are more inclined to be obese, at 29% of male adolescents being obese and for females 27% are obese. Children who don’t exercise have a higher chance of becoming obese, while children who do are usually more healthy. Children on vegetarians and vegan diets are genuinely more healthy and fit; children who snack a lot, don’t pay…
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