Childhood Obesity Essay

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"Today, about one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese; nearly triple the rate from 1983. With good reason, childhood obesity is now the Number 1 health concern among parents in the United States, topping drug abuse and smoking. If current trends continue, today’s kids could be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents" (Clinton, para. 3 2011).
Children may not understand the complexities of food intake or obesity but they continue to be affected by the issue. The reality is that if a parent enables their kids to make poor eating choices as children; they will struggle as adults to make the right eating choices. Many factors contribute to childhood obesity but the major factors are living
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The obesity epidemic can change if Americans can change they way they choose to live. First, parents must become educated with the facts about proper food consumption for themselves and their children. Second, children need to partake in afterschool activities and events living an active life. Third and most important, parents should be role models by eating proper nutritional meals and getting plenty of exercise.
Fast foods contribution to obesity
One of the major factors in the childhood obesity epidemic is the fast food industry. The online dictionary defines fast food as inexpensive food, such as hamburgers and fried chicken, prepared and served quickly. Some examples of fast food restaurants are: McDonald’s, Wendy's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Taco Time, Arby's, Burgersville, Taco Dell Mar, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, and Jack in the Box. Parents frequently allow their children to indulge in the fast foods restaurants even though there foods are high in salt, sugar, and saturated fat.
Parents often time feed themselves and their children fast food even though they know it is bad for the bodies and hard to digest because the food does not contain fiber which helps the flush through the body systems. The definition of fast food it self should be a deterrent to eating it. Considering, it is inexpensive food prepared to serve people quickly. However, most people do not avoid fast food that can prevent obesity. Parents neglect to
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