The Child Obesity Epidemic

2395 WordsFeb 20, 201810 Pages
Have we all question ourselves what is childhood obesity? Well today about one in three children in America are overweight or obese, which has tripled since 1963. The American Heart Association, comments that among the children today, obesity has been causing a reach of health problem that was only seen in adulthood. Obesity not only affects children appearance or the fit of their clothing. The people that are obese most likely will have health problems such as joint problem, sleep apnea, and asthma attack, liver failure, kidney problems. What would be the best way to prevent obesity. We all know the obesity is and will always be a chronic disease that will be affecting more children, and teenagers and adults. The rates of obesity in children in the United States have doubled since 1980, yet it has tripled for teenagers. Children between the ages of six to nineteen are considered overweight and the other percent of adults are overweight and or obese. In Imperial County approximately 75% of the population is of Mexican origin with a 39% ratio that rates childhood obesity. Currently 21,011 children are enrolled in elementary schools, of this children about 75.4% are on the free or reduced priced meal program. Obesity can cause numerous of health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and low self-esteem. Obesity may also have emotional effects in children such as being teased and or bullied at school and felling that they have a poor body image. In my
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