Obesity has Taken Over Our Children

881 Words Feb 21st, 2018 3 Pages
Presently, 23 million children and teens in the United States are obese (CDC 2014). This epidemic affects children of all ages and mostly minority children at a seemingly unstoppable rate. For instance, 18 percent of American children age 6 to 11 and teens ages 12 to 19 are obese (Spradlin 2012). When examining ethnicity, Caucasian American children 28.2 percent is far lower percentage when compared to that of the 33.1 percent of African American children and 44.7 percent of Hispanic children (Ogden, Carroll, Kit, & Flegal 2014). Childhood obesity is caused by the consumption of unhealthy food and beverages in large portions with the absence of daily physical activity; allowing left over energy to become fat and eventually lead to obesity. The factors that are the major reasons why childhood obesity is a continuous prevalent issue are environment and behavioral systems.
Behavioral factors of childhood obesity are food consumption and physical activity. Children consume more food and beverages that are unhealthy on a more consistent basis. Often children’s environments in their homes, child care center, school, or community are influenced by high calorie sugar-saturated drinks, such as soda and unhealthy foods. Larger food portions of with increased fatty and sugar content is the new reality for American children. Studies completed on children who have consistent intake of food and…