Childhood Obesity : An Epidemic

1036 Words Jul 20th, 2016 5 Pages
Rainsu Kumbhani
All About Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity is an epidemic in U.S. In the year of 2012, about “one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.” Also, percentages of childhood obesity have increased by over ten percent in the last thirty years in children and adolescents (Childhood Obesity Facts 2015). These statistics are shocking, and many people are concerned for the health of their children. This medical condition, as defined by Mayo Clinic, leads to serious health conditions in the future in the children’s adult lives, which can only be treated with pricey medication, treatments, and surgeries (Mayo Clinic Staff 2015); some can also lead to a very short life, ending their lives in between the ages 40 and 60. Due to many studies and research, 1childhood obesity can be easy prevented early on from infancy by analyzing the causes, studying the effects and finding the solutions to the problem. Obviously, to solve a problem, you much start at the root of the issue. Over the years, food has been becoming more and more unhealthy. Food have more sugar, fat, sodium, carbohydrates and preservatives, and this increase ends up being beyond the daily value or necessary amount. Portion sizes have also been majorly increased in the United States. The options of super sizing, value packs, party boxes, and extra large sizes are a huge cause of childhood obesity. These options are cheaper than just ordering the regular size, but unfortunately, they are…
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