Essay about Obesity And Its Effects On Children

730 Words Nov 24th, 2015 3 Pages
The magnitude of obese children has exponentially grown to 2 million obese children and more than 23 million overweight children over the last few decades (A Healthier America 2014). How those numbers came about is the result of children choosing a poor diet and inactive lifestyle, which leads to gaining excess fat. According to the Prevention Institute (2014), “nearly 40% of children’s diets come from added sugars and unhealthy fats”. Children today eat vast amounts of fried and fast food options as well as a number of sugar-sweetened beverages (Prevention Institute 2014).
Food is one factor that has led to the severe magnitude of obese children in the United States. The sedentary lifestyle also attributes greatly to the excess weight. “There are 10 million totally sedentary children in America and 33 million children who are not active to healthy standards. Research clearly shows an inactive child does not perform as well academically as a more active child” (PHIT America 2015). Figure 1 below shows the number of inactive youth (by age) increasing over the course of seven years.
Figure 1 Youth Inactivity Over the Past 7 Years “Inactivity and Obesity Crisis.” 2015. PHIT America. http://www.phitamerica.org/Obesity___Sedentary_Crisis.htm (September 10, 2015)

The severity of child obesity is becoming a bigger issue year after year, and it is time for the federal government to start taking this issue into their own hands and investing into plausible solutions. Some of the…

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