Childhood Obesity in America Essay

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Chris Watkins 4-5-10 Eng 101 Mr. Johnson Childhood Obesity in America There are more children overweight now than ever before. The reasons for this are that parents are do not care what their children eat, their portions are too big, or children are just too lazy. There are statistics to back this up. Statistics show that 30.7 % of Caucasian children, 30% of African American Children, and 37.9 % of Mexican American children are overweight “(Overweight)”. Those statistics are just for children in America if we included stats from other parts of the world it would be worse. The source of these statistics is an article called “Overweight in Children,” which was found on Americanheart.org. A couple of articles that will be used…show more content…
An interesting statistic was that the “per capita of meat went from 48 pounds in 1960, to 136 pounds in 1975” (Petrini 178). That is a good reason why more of our kids have bigger waistlines, because before technology modifications, people mostly ate fruit and vegetables, and meat sparingly, but with technological advances, meat has become more accessible. The article also talks about how the media has also influenced us into wanting fast food, instead of a good home cooked meal. Petrini states how “in a world organized around hamburgers, popcorn, and French fries and reeking with the smell of deep frying oil and deodorant, taste represents a new moral imperative”( Petrini 182). That quote alone proves that people eat what we seen advertised on Television, which means most people eat very unhealthy, because most of the food advertised on Television is not good for you. The third article that was used made great points as to what happens to someone when they go from childhood obesity to adult obesity. Roloff at the beginning of the article uses statistics to back what she is trying to say: “Federal statistics indicate that as of 2001, one in five adults were obese. That’s roughly 45 million people. Almost twice that many fall into the next category, overweight. Some 15 percent of children, ordinary the
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