The Obesity Epidemic Of Obesity

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When people observe children who are overweight, they think they are cute, but in reality the obese children are setting themselves up for numerous health risks. The problem of obesity in children is on the rise in America. One in three children in America is obese (Kelly). Anyone can recognize there is a problem with the growing numbers of children overweight, however, no one has come up with a way to stop the obesity epidemic. This epidemic in children has been caused by numerous factors now numerous solutions can stop this if they are put in use.

Children are weighing more than they ever have. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, “Obesity has tripled in the past 30 years from seven percent to twenty percent” (Kelly). This means that one quarter of the world’s children are obese (Perry). All races’ body mass index, a tool that compares the fat percentage of a person, has increased by five percent from 1986 to 2012 (Carroll). Thirty years ago, children had one snack a day and it was considered a luxury, however, today, children eat 200 calories when they eat a snack (“Learn the Facts”). The reason children are eating more is because parents buy food that is cheap. Some experts will say that it is human nature to keep eating, due to the history of starvation, but it is not an excuse to be unhealthy (Carroll). If that theory is correct, the human race will continue to become fatter until we will die young due to cardiac problems, cancer, and diabetes.…

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