Factors And Intersectionalities Of Childhood Obesity In The United States

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With the disturbing fact that 1 out of 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (2015) foundation is tackling the issue by intervening with the epidemic in the school system and attempting to influence the community. If this was not disturbing enough, it is upsetting to learn that out of the 10 states that hold the highest ranking, 9 are considered states with extremely high rankings for poverty(Alliance for a Healthier Generation,2015). This definitely supports the argument that healthy food is just too expensive for many families and the foods that last or are the most convenient contain all the salt, sugar and fat that is harming the children of the nation. In order to fully delve …show more content…
People are constantly battling to be healthy while there is so much pressure placed in the decisions of what foods to eat. On one hand, health advocates encourage children to eat more produce and to try to do at least thirty minutes of physical activity a day; however children are constantly exposed to the convenience of junk food or even fast food (Alliance for a Healthier Generation,2015)..
Intersectionalities of Childhood Obesity in North Carolina Furthermore, delving into the epidemic, it was revealed that not only are children suffering from weight issues, but could possibly be a generation that lives shorted due to health complications associated with weight problems. In this state, children that happen to be throughout the ages of 10-17, 1 out of 3 is overweight or obese. In the ages of children between 2 and 4 who’s parents receive governmental assistance such as programs like Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); 32% are obese or overweight (CITE). Looking further into the different age groups of children regarding it was revealed that although the percentages were fairly close; 15.4% of children aged 0-2 were obese in 2011 which fell right below
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With all of these activities being inside of a home, why would a child even have curiosity about having an active life outside. On the contrary , parents can affect the weight of their child(s) in ways they may not even be aware of or even able to control; genes. Looking further into how adults influence their children, eating patterns in a household, for instance if a family skips meals, or does not eat together, or does not have home cooked meals very often. The family environment may excuse overeating, or constantly picking up fast food based on preference or

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