Exercise Benefits Of Childhood Obesity Essays

786 Words Aug 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Exercise benefits people in many ways from physical to mental health. With the health conscious society we live in, there are more people now than ever that look to daily exercise to maintain overall health. It has been used to battle childhood obesity, increase energy levels as well as improve heart health. The versatile benefits of exercise has caused it to become a recent trend.
Childhood obesity is a major problem in the United States due to the availability of junk food as well as the lack of exercise and has been getting worse over the recent years. More advertisements for fast food and junk food has been shown on television than for food that is healthy. It doesn’t help that fast food meals and junk food such as chips are a lot cheaper than fruit and vegetables which makes it difficult for low income families to afford. According to “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”, “For children and adolescents aged 2-19 years, the prevalence of obesity has remained fairly stable at about 17% and affects about 12.7 million children and adolescents for the past decade” (Centers for disease control and prevention, 2015, pg.1). According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, “the number of children (under age 18) in the United States is at an all-time high of 74.2 million” (The Annie E. Casey foundation, 2011). This means that out of 74.2 million children, 12.7 of them are obese. With childhood obesity being on the rise in recent years, Michelle Obama created the “Let’s Move…

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