Essay about Childhood Obesity

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Preparation Outline: Vitalba Evola Topic: Childhood Obesity General Purpose: To inform Specific Purpose: To inform my audience of two prevalent causes of childhood obesity. Thesis Statement: While there are many causes of childhood obesity, most are, in fact, preventable. Introduction I. Attention Getting Device: Our society has become a classic case of “Battle of the Bulge,” as our society now has an alarming number of obese individuals. But this isn’t from World War II; it is a current war of the waistlines. Can you imagine weighing 117 at 8 years old? Impossible, right? Wrong. Nicholas Reeves, a 2nd grader from Nashville, Tennessee, weighs in at a staggering 117 pounds (Donvan & Patricia, 2010). Nicholas, like…show more content…
vii. Thus, in the case of child obesity, many children are eating more calories than what they are burning off. Transition: Researchers at the Mayo Clinic explain how obesity is more common in industrialized countries where more fast food and convenience stores are prevalent j. A poll done by MSNBC found that approximately 49% of parents say they turn to restaurants because of lack of time to provide a home-cooked meal viii. Fast foods are high in calories, provide less fruits and vegetables, and are packed with sugar, fat, and sodium k. A study done by CBS news found that, on average, 1/3 of children aged 4-19 living in the United States, eat fast food daily ix. This can be calculated as an extra 6 pounds per child, per year. x. Furthermore, because fast food is packed with more fats, carbohydrates, and sugars, the study found that these children consumed an average of 187 more calories a day Transition: Obesity, however, isn’t just about what we eat and how much we eat IV. Just as eating too much and eating bad foods is a key factor of childhood obesity, so too is a lack of exercise. l. According to the Center for Disease Control, physical activity/exercise play a fundamental role in energy balance m. Furthermore, the CDC found a decrease in daily physical activity provided by schools n. Instead of exercise, more children today

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