Childhood Obesity : The Rise For The Past Three Decades Essay

1322 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
Savannah Stevens, four-years-old, loves to eat food. Her mom, Lori Cohen, talks about how Savannah loves to eat carbohydrates and sweets. Savannah always likes to take her time with eating and asks for seconds on every meal. She weighs fifty-four pounds and is considered obese by her doctors, but her mom thought could be considered extra baby fat. Contemporary doctors do not recognize normal weights for children because in recent decades nutrition and physical activity has changed dramatically. According to Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, a pediatrician who specializes in weight management for children, “Overweight has become the norm” (Donavon, et al). Parents may not recognize their child as being overweight or obese, due to the lack of education in health. Childhood obesity is on the rise and parents are unable to effectively address the problem; however, there are organizations, laws, and notable people bringing awareness to the issue. Childhood obesity has been on the rise for the past three decades. Harvard School of Public Health publication states that childhood obesity is “one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century” (World Health Organization1). A child dealing with obesity can disrupt the functions of their internal organs and an example of that is the heart. Over the past few years, more people have come to understand how dangerous it is for children to be overweight and obese. A Healthier America, a public website, says, “$150 billion is…

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