Essay on Obesity : The Common Factors Of Obesity

923 Words Dec 7th, 2015 4 Pages
Obesity in Children The most common factors of child obesity are genetic, but many factors come from unhealthy eating habits, lack of physical activity, or even a combination of all these factors. Obesity has many rates for health problems among children. In the past 30 years, statistics show the frequency of childhood obesity has more than doubled among children ages 2 to 5, has nearly tripled among youth ages 6 to 11, and has more than tripled among adolescents ages 12 to 19. According to Roy Benaroch, M.D., “Obese children are at risk for a number of conditions, including: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, early heart disease, diabetes, bone problems, and skin conditions such as heat rash, fungal infections, and acne” (“Preventing Obesity”). Obesity is a very common problem among children in America and will continue to be a problem until we are aware of the risks and figuring out key solutions to prevent it. One solution of child obesity is to rule out unhealthy foods in school cafeterias. Children eat whatever is easiest and the best tasting to them, which has an effect of child obesity. Also, food portions at school are bigger than they used to be which also has a factor of children being obese. Children eat lunch five days out of the week every week at school thus of having healthy foods in lunches would decrease child obesity. Schools should not be allowed to provide or sell candy in cafeterias or have vending machines that provide unhealthy sweets…

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