Childhood Obesity : A Growing Epidemic Essay

1820 Words Nov 20th, 2014 8 Pages
Vanessa Salazar
Professor Barbara Finch
Writing 95, Essay #3
18 November 2014
Audience: Parents
A Growing Epidemic
What does our future hold in the hands of youth disabled by obesity and related health ailments? “The number of adolescents who are overweight has tripled since 1980 and the prevalence among younger children has more than doubled” (Bishop 1). Today in the United States, a growing epidemic is occurring. The number of obese individuals in the United States has increased dramatically over the years, generally in children. Many fail to address that childhood obesity is a problem. Numerous children are becoming victims of health problems due to the lack of good nutrition and physical activity. America’s children are now widely exposed to fatty foods and sugars, but although they have the choice of eating these foods or not, parents should have more control as to what their children are consuming. Childhood obesity is a growing factor in today’s society. People blame fast food restaurants like McDonalds and Burger King, saying that their foods are fattening. However, the lifestyle choices in the United States are to blame. If the United States does not take the initiative to change the lifestyle choices for the American Children and their guardians by deteriorating fast food restaurants, the problem of obesity in the United States will continue to remain the same.
In the first place, childhood obesity happens when a child is above the normal weight of their age or…

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