Childhood Obesity : A Serious Problem

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INTRODUCTION (PROBLEM STATEMENT) Obesity does not exist among older people only. It can be seen among children and young adults. Childhood obesity is in fact “a medical condition that affects children and teenagers” (What is Childhood Obesity). Childhood obesity is a very serious problem that every single person throughout the world should know about and also aware of. However, some people might wonder and ask “what does overweight has to do with Childhood obesity?” According to the Childhood obesity foundation, it says that “if a child or adult stores too much fat, they can be classified as obese and a sign of childhood obesity is a weight well above the average for a child’s height and age” (What is Childhood Obesity). It might be…show more content…
It is now one of the greatest health concerns that affect our children, according to Edna Santos a Medical Pediatrician (Santos). Also, as mentioned above, it is a serious problem that can lead a child’s life to a lot of health complications and health issues that may even result in death. Furthermore, according to the Centers for Health and Health in School, one study stated that the percent of children ages 6-11 that are overweight are considered to be two times greater between the late 1970s and 2000 rising from 6.5% to 15.3% (Childhood Obesity What the Research Tells Us, 2007). In addition, same study also stated that the percent of overweight adolescents ages 12-19 tripled from 5.0% to 15.5% during the same time period (Childhood Obesity What the Research Tells Us, 2007). FIGURE 1 Figure 1 shows the prevalence of overweight among U.S children and adolescents ages 6-19 years. Even though the percentage of overweight children and adolescents increased from the 1960s to 2000, the rate shows that it still remained similar for boys and girls (Childhood Obesity What the Research Tells Us, 2007). As you can see in figure 1, it is also showing that in 2000, 16% of all the boys ages 6-11 were considered overweight or obese while 14.5% of all the girls were considered overweight. Also, among adolescents 12-19, 15.5% of both boys and girls were considered overweight or obese (Childhood Obesity What the Research Tells Us, 2007). As mentioned before, a sign of
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