Childhood Obesity Is Not Only A Problem

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Childhood obesity is not only a problem, it is an epidemic that is occurring in the United States. This problem is often caused by children eating too much and not exercising enough. Childhood obesity became a problem between 1990­2000. It started with children 's BMI increasing and weight gain. Obesity causes emotional and physical damage to the child. About 78 million adults and 13 million kids in the United States have to deal with the effects of obesity every day, and this number is growing. Childhood obesity is preventable and we as parents need to take a stand. Some of the things we need to do to prevent this are simple lifestyle changes such as cutting back on sugary drinks and fast food, changes in our school lunches and limiting television time. These are simple things that can make a big difference. Obesity is usually defined as excess body fat. However, since excess body fat is difficult to measure, obesity is normally defined as excess body weight as measured by BMI. “O verweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors.3 O besity i s defined as having excess body fat.” (C enters for Disease Control and Prevention) There are a lot of things that play a role in causing childhood obesity such as; consuming too many calories, genes, metabolism, not getting enough physical activity, 1  2 behavior, environment, and culture. “M any aspects influence the dietary and physical
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