Obesity: A Growing Problem

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Overweight and obese children are a significant problem in the United States today. The amount of overweight adolescents and younger children have sky rocketed, and has more than tripled since the 1970s. Developing overweight habits while young inhibits an individual’s chances of being healthy later in life. In order to prevent the obesity epidemic in our country, the major causes and root problems of obesity must be explored and put to an end. Obviously, overeating and a lacking of physical activity both contribute immensely to obesity. The one most unaware to the public eye is the overwhelming availability of cheap food and how that affects social classes. Childhood obesity is an issue slowly swallowing the United States; becoming more pronounced every day due to overeating, little to no exercise, and product availability and easy access. To begin with, children today are consuming food in outrageous quantities, creating one of the biggest yet most obvious reasons for obesity: overeating. Although children do require extra calories to grow, they continuously take in way more than they burn off, creating unnecessary weight gain. (Brand, 1). Calorie consumption has increased dramatically among kids in the past few years. The largest increase of calorie intake per day was found in children ages 2-6, an average of 181 calories a day, and in extreme cases up to 586 calories. 121 are from snacking alone on calorie dense, energy lacking snacks. (Bishop, 2). Meredith Brand

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