Essay Childhood Obesity : An Epidemic

766 Words Feb 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Childhood Obesity:
Childhood obesity is an epidemic that is spreading rapidly, especially in the United States. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index of over thirty. Body mass index is interpreted differently for children and adolescents. BMI is a fallible measurement of obesity, though. Skinfold thickness tests, evaluation of diet, family history, and physical fitness examinations may be used to supplement body mass index information. Children become obese for a variety of different reasons, but no matter the reason, obesity is very dangerous. There are programs in place to assist with childhood obesity, but these programs need to be utilized properly for change to occur. Childhood obesity needs to be treated and prevented, if possible, because it negatively affects the child’s physical health, mental wellness, and can lead to serious health issues later in life.
Paragraph one –Physical Health
The new epidemic of childhood obesity is considered a detriment to health. In article by, , a statement is made showing the drasticness of this disease, “According to the World Health Organization, being overweight or obese affects one in ten children worldwide”. Childhood obesity does not discriminate; it can affect anybody, although there are some underlying risk factors such as socioeconomic status, gender, and race. (WHICH ONES) AUTHOR attributes the physical effects that childhood obesity may have to…

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