Childhood Obesity Research Papers

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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.
GENETICS VS. LIFESTYLE CHOICES/PARENTS LIFESTYLE CHOICES STATS
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
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Sugary snacks and energy-dense foods have become more readily available, thanks to advances in food technology. The adverse effects of unhealthy eating have resounded across the nation. In fact, “In 2001, the Surgeon General issued a “call to action” about America 's obesity epidemic, noting that so many young people now contract Type 2 diabetes — caused by obesity — that it could no longer be called by its old moniker of “adult-onset” diabetes.” (Greenblatt). Greenblatt goes on to state that a large portion of the blame can pinpointed toward fast-food and “supersized” meals. Common health problems due to diet in overweight children are

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