The Effects Of Television On Obesity And Obesity

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The Effects of Television on Obesity Jacqueline Estrada California State University, Fullerton In today’s world television has become one of the most popular and frequently used pastimes. With the increase of technology available today people can now watch television on their phones, laptops, and tablets wherever they go. Something else that has increased in the past years are the number of obese people in the United States. In the last couple decades it was estimated that the number of obese children age 2-5 has more than doubled (5.0% to 12.4%) and for ages 6-11 it has also more than doubled (6.5% to 17.0%). In adolescents aged 12-19 the number has more than tripled (5.0% to 17.0%) and as for adults it is estimated that 70% of Americans are overweight and out of that percentage 50% are obese (Boulos, Vikre, Oppenheimer, Chang, & Kanarek, 2012). It is no coincidence that as the number of prolonged television use has risen so has the number of obese people in America. Television has a negative impact on children that in the long run can lead to obesity. Obesity is defined by as the condition of being grossly fat or overweight. Obesity in the United States has gone up dramatically in the past couple decades and has transcended to being a major global epidemic. In the United States the obesity rate has doubled since 1970 to over 30% and more than two thirds of adults are overweight today while one third is obese (Hammond & Levine, 2010).
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