Childhood Obesity Essay

1310 Words Nov 20th, 2012 6 Pages
Preparation Outline: Vitalba Evola

Topic: Childhood Obesity

General Purpose: To inform

Specific Purpose: To inform my audience of two prevalent causes of childhood obesity.

Thesis Statement: While there are many causes of childhood obesity, most are, in fact, preventable.

Introduction I. Attention Getting Device: Our society has become a classic case of “Battle of the Bulge,” as our society now has an alarming number of obese individuals. But this isn’t from World War II; it is a current war of the waistlines. Can you imagine weighing 117 at 8 years old? Impossible, right? Wrong. Nicholas Reeves, a 2nd grader from Nashville, Tennessee, weighs in at a staggering 117 pounds (Donvan & Patricia, 2010). Nicholas, like
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This leads to an increase in snacking and a decrease in physical activity

Transition: So, what can be done to decrease the statistics regarding childhood obesity? V. Promote healthy eating behaviors o. Adults play a vital role in children’s nutrition. xiii. Thus, it is important they teach children about healthy foods and practice what they teach p. Avoid fast food as much as possible. xiv. Focus on ways to make time for home-cooked meals for children VI. Increase the amount of physical activity children are receiving and decrease the amount of sedentary activity q. It is important to get children active in physical activity, as physical activity is a key element in reducing obesity r. Set limits as to how much tv and video games children are allowed to partake in per day

Transition: If children start partaking in eating better foods, while increasing their physical activity and decreasing their sedentary activity, they will decrease their chances of obesity.
VII. Summary - I hope I have helped you to better understand how serious childhood obesity is: how to calculate obesity, the risk factors attributed to childhood obesity, two prevalent, yet preventable, causes of childhood obesity, and ways to reduce childhood obesity. VIII. Closure – It is no secret that our society is in an obesity epidemic. Now that you are more aware of a few

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