Child Obesity : A Growing Epidemic Essay

1231 Words May 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Child obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States. It affects more than 30 percent of children, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood. This number has more than tripled since 1980. Today, children are being diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension and other conditions that have to do with obesity. It often starts children on the path to health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Child obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression. “300,000 Americans die needlessly each year from diseases and healthy conditions related to sedentary lifestyle or poor eating habits.” ( Thompson 1 ) To prevent obesity you must have a low carbohydrate and fat diet; limits foods like grains, starchy vegetables, dairy, oil, red meats. Also another way to prevent obesity is to have a diet that restricts calories to 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day for females and 1,500 to 1,800 calories per day for males. Limiting a child’s screening time such as video games, computers, phones, tablets, and television can help too, getting your child outdoors for at least thirty to sixty minutes per day. Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese. The rate of obesity in children more than tripled from 1971 to 2011. With good reason, childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern to parents in the United States, more than the concern of drug abuse and smoking. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children in…

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