Child Obesity Essay examples

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Childhood Obesity in our Community
Marco Rivera
02/10/2013

The statistics of childhood obesity are horrendous. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The amount of children gaining weight is beginning to spin out of control. Obesity in general is based off of many statistics and definitions. Many trainers and health critics incorporate body mass index as their number one study when it comes to determining someone’s weight. “Overweight is defined as a BMI (body mass index) at above the 85th percentile and lower than the 95th percentile for child of the same age and sex.” (Barlow, S.E. and Expert Committee, 2007) Childhood obesity is caused by excessive eating and lack of
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Over 55 million children are enrolled in school with lunch programs. If we can take the time and effort to change the lunch program menus in our public school systems to healthier choices, children will not only fuel their bodies with the best possible nutrition, but they will also have more energy throughout the day.
I don’t believe the people we are surrounded by take the time to understand the long term health problems obesity can cause. Childhood obesity is especially saddening when our younger ones are diagnosed with diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, and sleep apnea. One of the harshest realities children struggle with though would be social discrimination. Psychological risks of bullying are a serious matter when a child is obese. I believe out of everyone, parents have the most control to help childhood obesity decrease tremendously. Parents need to ensure a healthy balanced calorie diet as well as active amounts of play time. While entertainment media can bring a family together, it is important to get the family involved in physical activities such as playing outside, even if it’s just for thirty minutes a day. It is a proven fact that children 8 to18 years of age spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media. American Academy of Pediatrics states children two years old and younger should not watch T.V. because that is when bad habits start to take place. It is also a proven fact that low-income families are a

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