Essay on Obesity in Adolescents and Children

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The rapid increase of obesity among children and adolescents in the United States is considered as a population threat. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion about 9 million young people face possible type 2 diabetes, previously considered an adult disease, high cholesterol level and high blood pressure which are risk factors for heart disease. But who is to blame? Where is the problem? What can be done to prevent obesity among young people in the United States?

How could it happen that according to the National Centre for Health Statistics 15% of youngsters ages 6 to 19 and 10 % of children 2 through 5 were considered seriously overweight in 2000, while in 1980 it was only 6%?1
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Average American family spends basically equal amount of money on grocery shopping to prepare an evening meal as on eating out. As the women emancipation is on a high level in the United States there is no wonder that ideal evening for successful professional female will not be wasting her precious time cooking but she will prefer easy eating out, possibly in the car on the way home. Many parents make a major mistake by rewarding their child with sweets and in fact it is not only the matter of rewarding. Here, again, „time is money“ motto plays a significant role. It is easier to buy an extra size packet of chocolate chip cookies than to prepare a snack twice a day. Can you imagine a toddler walking briskly for ten minutes to burn one small chocolate chip cookie that equals 50 calories?

Because children are pretty easy age group for effective advertising, no wonder that youngsters can not resist an extra large size of French fries if their price is nearly the same as for the regular portion. Moreover, it is not an exception when a teenage girl sees a TV commercial of one of the fast food chains that uses the whole-grain buns for making burgers instead of less healthier white ones and believes that this kind of fast food will help her loose weight. She thinks it must be true because they say it on TV. The only thing one has to do is to eat three times a day main meals in their „healthy“ fast food restaurant. Not only that it is a nonsense, as can be proved by