The Epidemic Of Childhood Obesity In America. Childhood

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The Epidemic Of Childhood Obesity In America Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that is affecting children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height and can result in serious medical conditions. The prevalence of childhood obesity has increased significantly over the past ten years. Childhood diabetes has been on the rise since the early 90’s and continues to rise. In the article, “Don’t Blame the Eater” David Zinczenko, shows that “ Before 1994… only about 5 percent of childhood cases were obesity-related, or Type 2, diabetes. Today...Type 2 diabetes accounts for at least 30 percent of new childhood cases of diabetes in this country” (463). Type 2…show more content…
They end up comprising a salad that is greater in caloric intake than a Big Mac considering all of the toppings and dressing that is used. In the article, “Don’t Blame the Eater”, David Zinczenko writes “For example, one company’s Web site list it 's chicken salad as containing 150 calories; the almonds and noodles the come with it (an additional 190 calories) are listed separately” (464). This is a great example of misleading labels and information in which the government has to enforce stricter laws. This is why it is crucial that the government has to proceed with regulations in regards to calories and serving size offered in restaurants. It is essential for the government to continue to regulate the food in our school systems. In the article, “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food,” Michael Moss shows how the food industry is targeting children in school systems. “A potato chip that tastes great and qualifies for the Clinton-A. H. A. alliance for school...We think we have ways to do all of this on a potato chip, and imagine getting that product into schools, where children can have this product and grow up with it and feel good about eating it” (Moss 488-489). This is a prime example of how the food industry is circumventing regulations already in effect. The children of the United States of America are being zeroed in on by companies finding a loophole, instead of protecting the children, by using
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