Obesity And The Rate Of Children Obesity

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Over the years, the continuous rising in the rate of children obesity in America is worrisome. According to the centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of children obesity rise from 7% in 1980 to 12% in the course of twenty years. Many people might not compare obesity to other problems happening in the world, and deem it as important, but what they do not understand is the detrimental consequences of this epidemic on each individual facing it. Obesity can affect more than the physical attributes of a person, from the rise in blood pressure, liver diseases (Daniels, 2009), to psychosocial factors like depression, lower of self-esteem, and body dissatisfaction (Mustillo et al.; Hesketh et al.,). In order to solve a problem, it is necessary to discover the reasons of the issue. In a recent study by a nonprofit youth program Dosomething.org, students were asked to send in pictures of their school lunches, and the pictures being received are terrifying. Each state present a plate with varieties of food, with the main courses running from mac and cheese, to chicken nuggets, burgers, French fries. The meal usually come with fruit cup, milk, canned beans, and are not appealing to the eyes. While some plate of food were more nutritious than others, it is no doubt that these students consume hundreds of empty calories every day, from the high sugar fruit-cup, to the main courses simply made of processed, fast-food. Another reason that may contribute to the rise in
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