Childhood Obesity : A Serious Health Concern

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Childhood obesity continues to be a serious health concern. It can be attributed to many factors such as family lifestyle, income or socioeconomic background, and culture. According to the CDC (2015), “the percentage of children aged 6-11 in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period”. Obesity is a threat to future generations of the United States citizens with one-third of children in the United States is affected from obesity. Now an epidemic, childhood obesity is stealing the health, happiness, and future of the next generation and needs an organized game plan for…show more content…
By bringing together leaders from across the industry, academia and public health with policymakers and their advisors, the Campaign provides the information and guidance that decision makers need to make the policy changes that will reverse one of the nation’s and most prevalent diseases (CEO,2015). “Childhood obesity complicates an already contentious issue; children depend on their parents for the food choices they make, either because their parents feed them directly or because they influence their preferences. In this sense, obesity is a consequence of dietary neglect, with parental choices causing detriment to a child’s health and wellbeing” (Penn & Kerr, 2014). The primary driving force behind this policy formation is the significant increase in overweight and obese children in the United States. Also, as a result, the United States is paying too much for health care because of the chronic diseases associated with obesity.
According to the National Conference of State Legislature (2014), 17 percent of youth from ages two to 17 are obese, and the figure has nearly tripled in the past 30 years. The total number of both overweight and obese children and adolescents in the nation is 31.7 percent. This high percentage rate puts a strain on health care, therefore increasing
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