Effects Of Teenage Obesity

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Teenage Obesity: Tipping The Scales
Currently, in America 35% of teenagers are overweight or obese. Obese teens are described as a person between the ages 12 and 19 that are 20% over their ideal body weight. Comparatively in 1980 5% of teens were obese however, in 2010 a survey showed that there is an 18% obesity rate. This is a 13% increase. The scariest factor is that in 2010 one third of teenagers were either overweight or obese. The major issues entwined with teens being obese lies in cardiovascular risk, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. Teenage obesity leads to adulthood obesity. These adults do not know proper diet and exercise, therefore obese adults will not be able to teach their children proper eating and exercising habits leading to more childhood obesity rates. Unfortunately this turns into a never ending cycle.
Many will argue that teenage obesity is caused from social issues and health
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Teenage obesity can potentially lead to cardiovascular problems, a short life, and an unhappy one. It can also lead to two types of diabetes, stroke, and osteoarthritis, which is degeneration of joint tissue and cartilage. Obesity can often times increase the likelihood of cancers such as breast, colon, and many others. Obesity can cause poor functioning and limited mobility. The cardiovascular risks of obese teen is eye-opening. 70% of obese teens have health risk factors involving the cardiovascular system (Hubbard 2a). Teens that are obese already have issues keeping up with their peers physically, but it only gets worse with time. Being obese throughout life is wearing on a person’s joints and muscles. This causes joints and muscles to be fatigued at a younger age than a fit individual. This means that the mobility problems increase exponentially. Teenage obesity points towards those kids having a shorter lifespan than their parents (Saunders, Health and

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