The National Child Obesity Epidemic Essay

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In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than tripled. The pervasiveness of obesity has increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 20% in 2014 among children aged 6 to 11. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 increased from 5.0% to 18.1% during the same 30-year period. With that said, America is experiencing a very serious health issue concerning its youth. Obesity results from an imbalance involving excessive calorie consumption and/or inadequate physical activity. In addition, obesity is mediated by genetic, behavioral, cultural, and environmental factors. The health impact from childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects, negative consequences that include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and …show more content…
These diseases are often fatal. Childhood obesity is affecting every state, every city, every community, and every school across America. Looking further into the matter, childhood obesity is clearly preventable. Yet, the effort to resolve childhood obesity is going to require an organized, united, ongoing effort on behalf of parents, educators, mainstream media, the food service industry, the health care industry, all levels of government, and children themselves. In 2014, CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reported, “This could be the first generation since the Civil War to have a shortened life expectancy.” Obesity-related diseases are a $147 billion dollar medical burden every year, and doctors focused on this issue predict that American hospitals will soon become flooded with patients ailing from obesity-related sicknesses.
However, a few extra pounds do not suggest obesity. They may indicate a tendency to gain weight easily and a need for changes in diet and/or exercise. Generally, a child is not considered obese until the weight is at least 10 percent higher than what is recommended for the height and body type. Obesity most commonly begins in childhood between the ages of 5 and 6, and during adolescence. Studies have shown that a child who is

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