Obesity : A Growing Problem

918 WordsMar 27, 20164 Pages
Obesity is a growing problem in the United States, especially with children and adolescents. Since 1980 obesity rates have more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents. In 2012 more than one third of children in the United States were either overweight or obese. With obesity rates in children and adolescents continuing to grow, we need to educate ourselves to help lead a healthier lifestyle for our children. There are many things that can cause obesity from health problems to poor diet and lack of exercise. Obesity comes along with many health risks, not only in adults but children too. The health risks that come with obesity can be very dangerous but there are preventative measures you can take to help keep your child healthy, or help them reverse some of their health conditions. There are many reasons that children are obese, some are health related, some parents do not have time to cook a healthy home cooked meal so opt for fast food instead. Some think that they cannot afford healthy food, or just do not have the knowledge of what foods they should really be eating. A lot of parents do not realize that their child is overweight or that they have a problem. Some kids just over eat and with electronics being such a huge part of children’s lives now, many children do not get enough exercise. On average children between the ages of 8 and 18 spend more than 6 hours a day either watching TV, playing video games, or using other types of electronics. There are

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