Fast Food Restaurants, Childhood Obesity, and Healthy Eating Habits

3327 Words Feb 7th, 2018 13 Pages
This is however a simplistic point of view, there are a number of factors that contribute to the current epidemic of childhood obesity. When all is said and done, the responsibly of teaching children healthy eating habits and encouraging regular exercise to mitigate this problem lies with parents.
It is estimated that as many as one in five Americans is obese, a condition defined as being more than 30 percent above the ideal weight based on height (CDC). In the United States, The incidences of obesity doubled among adults between 1980 and 2004. "Obesity is associated with increased risk of a number of conditions, including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and certain cancers, and with increased risk of disability and a modestly elevated risk of all-cause mortality (the annual number of deaths in a given age group per the population in that age group)" (Ogden et al.). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 13.9 percent of children aged 2 to 5, 18.8 percent of those aged 6 to 11, and more than 17 percent of those aged 12 to 19 are overweight (Fox). Obesity is a consequence of complex factors including an increase in the consumption of calories and a decrease in physical activity (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). In the United States, foods are inexpensive and widely…
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