Essay about Childhood Obesity : The Availability Of Fast Food

764 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
Drive down the road in any given American city and one can observe at least one reason that the United States is struggling with obesity: the availability of fast food. However, it might surprise some that the obesity epidemic in our country has reached the most vulnerable population of all and they aren’t even capable of driving themselves to these bastions of unhealthy food. The childhood obesity level has reached 34% of children in the United States (SHUMEI, 2016).Obesity is caused by consistently consuming more calories than are needed for the level of physical activity one has on a daily basis. Although there are several indicators for obesity, the CDC and The American Academy of Pediatrics use the body mass index (BMI). Childhood obesity is defined as a BMI at or above 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex (Perpich, 2011). Childhood obesity has been linked to an increase in Type 2 diabetes mellitus, asthma, hypertension, increased risk for cardiovascular disease and even affects children in psychosocial terms with low self-esteem and fewer friends than their non-obese contemporaries (Hispanic Health Care International, 2011). There are a variety of causes that work together for contributing to childhood obesity from income level to gender to environment. Genetics, consumption of convenience foods, and lack of physical activity are the prevailing factors that contribute to the critical health crisis of childhood obesity (Hassan, 2015). Alarmingly, this…

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