Childhood Obesity : The United States Essay

1549 Words Nov 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Childhood obesity has become a worldwide public issue and its predominance has expanded at a disturbing rate. Obesity is defined as a condition of being overweight. It is termed as a chronic condition in children associated with shorter lifespan and complications affecting the body’s organ system. Obesity leads to many health complications due to the lack of exercise. Children who are obese have many life threatening chronic diseases in their future. The United States of America and Japan have some similarities and difference when it comes to childhood obesity. The United States and Japan have children who are obese and in critical danger of health complications and longevity. Each country has their own approach to reducing risk of obesity in children. While Japan has a smaller rate of childhood obesity, the United States has a greater rate of childhood obesity. Since the 1980s, the number of obese kids and youths in the United States has tripled (Faguy, 2016, p. 6). Faguy continues to explain the history of obesity in the United States.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents in the United States skyrocketed, doubling or even tripling in some age groups. (2016, p.3)
Nearly one third of American kids (aged 2-19) and youths now are now categorized as either overweight or obese (J.A. Wolfson et al, 2015, p. 2). Obesity does not only affect children 4-7 years of age rather 10% of infants and one-quarter of toddlers and…

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