Obesity : A Sedentary Lifestyle And Poor Food Choices Essay

1152 Words Feb 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Obesity is a problem in America. Obesity doesn’t just effect adults, but is now effecting children. The main reasons for childhood obesity are: a sedentary lifestyle and poor food choices. With all the information available about obesity 30 % of American children still remain obese. Research suggests that obesity prevention plans in school are ineffective because by the time a child enters school it is too late and because children learn healthy eating habits and exercise habits primarily from their parents and families. In America, First Lady Michelle Obama has created a governmental program called “Let’s Move!” which targets prevention among growing children. The program wishes to decrease childhood obesity to 5% of the total American adolescent population by 2030 (Benac, 2010). Pathways a study of Native American Indian children initiated less fatty foods in school lunches and increased a daily exercise program to monitor weight and adipose tissue loss in school age children (Simons et al; 1991). These programs are admirable, but start much too late for the adolescent. For example; between 16 and 30 percent of children and adolescents are obese. More than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese in 2012. From 1980 to 2012, the percentage of adolescents age 13-19 increased from 5% to 12% and the percentage of children age 5–12 multiplied from 7% to 18% in the United States (Ogden CL et. al; 2014). Let’s Move, Mrs. Obama’s plan is a…

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