Childhood Obesity Is Not Just An Issue That American

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Childhood obesity is not just an issue that American’s are dealing with—it has become an epidemic. Today, about one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese. Most Americans blame fast food companies for the rise in childhood obesity which has tripled in the past 70 years. American citizens point their fingers at fast food franchises because of the increasing rate of childhood obesity; Americans do not realize that it is most likely the parents who are to blame because parents are the root of children’s biggest role models, parenting style, and parent’s behaviors. Have you ever been grocery shopping and witness a family with a cart full of junk food, sugar-sweetened sodas and microwavable dinners? These things are bought because they are a quick fix for parents having to cook for their children which creates unhealthy eating habits. Research suggest that children develop most of their food habits through exposure and repeated experiences. Studies also show that eating dinner together as a family promotes healthful eating habits in children by increasing their consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as decreasing the consumption of fats. Establishing a meal time increases the likelihood that children are getting a notorious and balanced diet (M.W Gillman 235:40.) Parents play a crucial role in the growth and development in children, if children see that their parents sit at home and eat unhealthy snacks, children cannot be expected to eat

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