The Topic Of Childhood Obesity

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The topic of childhood obesity has been widely discussed in the community recently. It is an important issue because it concerns our children’s health and wellness. In the simplest form, overweight can be described as having more fat than is healthy. We all have some body fat but too much can cause serious health issues. A person who is overweight weighs more than the healthy range for his or her gender, age and height. Thirty five years ago, only 15% of children were overweight in Canada. Today, children are getting bigger and it is only getting worse. According to Stats Canada, almost a third of Canadians aged 5 to 17 are overweight or obese. Boys aged 5 to 11 were three times more likely to be overweight than girls. Unfortunately many children do not overcome obesity and continue to gain weight into adulthood. Dr. Mark Tremblay, Director of Active Living and Obesity Research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, feels that Canada is too caught up in continuing pilot studies on obesity and feels more action needs to be taken. If we want our children to live long healthy lives, preventing childhood obesity is crucial. We have to encourage healthy food choices and physical activity. Because of the quantity and quality of food choices, sedentary lifestyles and family influences and/or genetics, child obesity is becoming a rising disease in today’s society. Child obesity is a growing epidemic that is detrimental to the health of our future generation. Some
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