The Childhood And Teen Obesity Epidemic

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The Childhood and Teen Obesity Epidemic Opening There is an obvious reason why kids cannot drive when they feel like it, or go out wherever they choose. Children cannot have a cigarette or a drink either because if they did these things, they would certainly suffer the consequences, perhaps with their lives. It sounds crazy to think of allowing kids to do anything dangerous, yet each day millions of American children and adolescents slowly kill themselves with unhealthy dangerous foods. The past several decades have seen an escalating trend in the rate of childhood obesity. Obesity results from an imbalance involving excessive calorie consumption and inadequate physical activity. Childhood obesity has continued to be a major issue in the public healthcare system, and has more than tripled. Obesity has increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 20% in 2014 among children aged 6 to 11. During the same 30 year period, obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 increased from 5.0% to 18.1%. With that said, America is experiencing a very serious health issue concerning its youth. Definition of the Problem Generally, a child is not considered obese until the weight is at least 10% higher than what is recommended for their age, height and body type. Studies shown that overweight children are more predisposed to the danger of becoming overweight in their adulthood. The main contributors to childhood obesity are consuming too many calories and too little physical exercise. But there are many

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