Childhood Obesity And The United States Essay

774 Words Dec 8th, 2016 4 Pages
According to Harvard Health the definition of obesity is, “the condition of being grossly fat or overweight which is often developed in children from a very young age”(Chan). Childhood obesity has been a growing epidemic in the United States for years and many people ponder upon the question why so many children in the United States suffer from obesity compared to adolescents in the rest of the world. In today’s US society, nearly 33 percent of children suffer from obesity and many attribute this to bad eating habits and lack of participation in sports or physical activities (Dr. Smith). This epidemic will continue to grow until solutions are developed and actions have been taken. Through research studies as well as reading through various scholarly articles, I will be able to get a much better understanding on how childhood obesity has developed over time and what solutions and actions can be put in place in order to fix this issue once and for all.
Childhood obesity has been a major problem in the United States for years but really started to get media and national attention in the early 2000s. The United States government recognized this issue and started thinking of solutions to offer healthier food choices in public schools. They used millions of dollars in advertising campaigns and paired up with the NFL’s play 60 organization whose mission statement was simple to play for 60 minutes everyday (Supper). The government worked alongside the FDA and had greater…

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