Essay on Childhood Obesity is Preventable

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Childhood obesity in America is a growing disease that has become an epidemic that has lasting psychological effects, because of advertisement of fast food, lack of physical activities, and parental control has made food become a major health issue in many young teenagers’ lives today. Overall, who is to blame? Obesity plagues America and threatens to seriously degrade our society in many ways. There are some that would argue to say that obesity is okay and that it is not that big of a deal, they are wrong. There are some variations pertaining to build but everyone’s body is designed to carry a certain weight, when you increase that weight you threaten the balance of your body and can expect…show more content…
The primary argument for childhood obesity is between three factors: 1. How parents may be aiding in unhealthy eating habits. 2. What the schools are serving to the children. 3. How much physical activities children are participating in. Many parents tend to typecast obesity more as a social issue rather than a health issue. As lead author and registered dietitian Susan T. Borra, International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation senior vice president, director of nutrition from (Parents, Kids Don’t Perceive Obesity as a Health Problem From Journal of the American Dietetic Association) states; “Parents indicated that they have tools to deal with other risk behaviors, such as drug use and sexual activity, but not overweight. They also don’t see themselves as good role models.” Of course it isn't easy, especially if the parents themselves are overweight, but teaching our children to make healthier choices is essential if we want them to be healthy and avoid the health consequences of being overweight. This emphasizes the fact that we need to teach our children how to eat and reinforce those habits by setting the example. The next logical step to look at is lack of nutritional knowledge. People often think that they are safe to eat pretty much anything they want as long as they exercise, this could not be further from the truth. Many of the man made processed foods contain toxins that disrupt
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