Childhood Obesity : Obesity And Obesity Essay

722 Words May 19th, 2015 3 Pages
Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity is growing at an alarming rate; and with that obesity-related diseases are also on the rise. As with adults, poor diets and a sedentary lifestyle have been linked to the increase in obesity and childhood obesity-related diseases. Although, childhood obesity is a national problem, it varies among ethnic groups. It is speculated that school lunches are a contributing factor to the growing epidemic. Could school lunches really be to blame for the rise in childhood obesity? Children spend a considerable amount time at school and consume most of their caloric intake there. Should schools serve healthier foods? Or should we as a society take personal accountability for what we eat and model to our children?
In recent decades, we have seen an increasing commonness of childhood obesity. In the United States, childhood obesity is increasing. The ratio of children who are obese, aged 6 to 11 more than doubled in the past two eras, it has increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 17.0% as of 2006. Adolescent obesity has more than tripled, the percentage of obese teenagers from the ages of 12 to 19 has increased at a frightening rate from 5% to 17.6% during the same period. The United States is not the only country having problems with childhood obesity, England has also seen an increase in child obesity. In the mid 1970’s, England’s childhood obesity in children 7 to 11 was less than 10%. In 1998, it over surpassed 20% for girls, and 15% for boys in England. In…

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