Three Different Level Solutions to the Childhood Obesity Problem

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Have you ever seen overweight children who fall behind their peers when they run? Have you ever encountered a child asking for another hamburger when she or he is eating one? Overweight children are common in modern society, especially in the United States. Notably, the rate of childhood obesity in the United States increased rapidly from 1980 to 2008. The obesity rate among children aged 6-11 years increased from 7% to 20% while the obesity rate among adolescence aged 12-19 increased from 5% to 18% (Childhood Obesity Facts, 2011. para. 2). When these children’s weight are ten percent or above the weight that is recommended for their age and height, they become to be considered as obese children (Obesity In Children And Teens, 2008, para. …show more content…
In order to keep children away from obesity, children themselves should learn to control diet and participate in exercise, parents should help children form a healthy lifestyle, and the society should regulate unhealthy food products and provide abundant accesses to healthy food.
The first solution is that children themselves are responsible for eating less and exercising more. This is an individual-level solution. According to Obesity In Children And Teens (2008), many of the obesity cases are caused by overeating and the lack of exercise. Thus, whether children are aware when they are full, and play active parts in indoor and outdoor exercises, matter. Eating less is the most effective way to lose weight as it restricts calorie intake—eating food with exceeding calories that causes a weight gain. Exercising can burn extra fats and help avoid fat accumulation, the first step towards becoming obese. As for children themselves, they need to learn to control the amount of food and calories count they take in. When a child is full, he or she should not ask for more food such as a hamburger, even if that is his or her favorite food. Furthermore, overweight children should take regular exercise to improve their health condition, even if they do not have much advantage in these sports such as climbing and swimming.

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