Why has Childhood Obesity Become a Paramount Problem in the United States?

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years,” (“Childhood Obesity Facts”). The monumental question that researchers seem to be asking is why the increase now? Childhood obesity has become a paramount problem in the United States in recent years due to various social, biological and technological factors that ultimately requires immediate assistance in order to promote a healthier lifestyle for children as they transition into adulthood. It is a common misconception to interchangeably use the terms ‘obesity’ and ‘overweight’ when in actuality, there is a stark difference between the two. Barbara Bresnahan, doctor from…show more content…
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years,” (“Childhood Obesity Facts”). The monumental question that researchers seem to be asking is why the increase now? Childhood obesity has become a paramount problem in the United States in recent years due to various social, biological and technological factors that ultimately requires immediate assistance in order to promote a healthier lifestyle for children as they transition into adulthood. It is a common misconception to interchangeably use the terms ‘obesity’ and ‘overweight’ when in actuality, there is a stark difference between the two. Barbara Bresnahan, doctor from the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Division of Nephrology, lucidly distinguishes this difference. While body fat is beneficial for certain bodily functions such as conserving energy or keeping important organs safe, an overabundance can be dangerous for people, especially children. Obesity can be defined as the measurement of disproportionate body fat relative to normal standards, whereas as the term overweight can be referred to as having a body weight that is considered abnormal. This weight can be caused by several elements ranging from bones/muscles to fat (Bresnahan and Saad). It is crucial to understand the contrast between to two to fully grasp the severity that obesity poses. The history of the obesity ‘epidemic’ is

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