Essay on The Impact of Child Obesity on a Child's Life

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Our future begins with the children of today growing up to be the adults of tomorrow. “Childhood obesity is the condition of being overweight or severely overweight which causes risks to health between the age of 2 and 19” (“Childhood Obesity”). Childhood obesity is taking a huge toll on not only the physical standpoint of the child, but also their mental stability. Childhood obesity is no longer a concern with Americans; it’s now a problem that has spiraled out of control in the world. Obesity will never be resolved one hundred percent, but it’s the little impacts that concerned citizens bring to people’s attention that make the difference. One step in the right directions is better than not taking a step at all. Along with the…show more content…
“Two-thirds of adults and almost one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese” (Institute of Medicine of the National Academies). All around the country school boards, a small number of parents, and the department of Agriculture have tried to make school lunches healthier for students. They typically get shut down rather quickly by parents who say making his or her child eat a fruit or vegetable along with their lunch is ridiculous and uncalled for. Some schools have sent home letters to parents describing obesity and how to help his or her child not struggle with it. With so many people closed off from the idea that his or her child might be obese or have obesity it’s hard to make them understand the severity of it. “Overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. This increases to 80% if one or more parent is overweight or obese.” (United States). Childhood obesity has grown so much that type two diabetes was once only known as onset adult diabetes; now doctors are seeing it in children younger than ten years old. In a study done by Stanford School of Medicine, they discovered that the overall percentage of obese children has tripled over the last thirty years. If that startling discovery doesn’t make people want to make a difference, I challenge them to think what the children will look like in another thirty years from now. Childhood obesity can be caused by many factors. One
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