The Effects Of Obesity On Childhood Obesity Essay

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Have you ever seen an obese child and thought to yourself why they are what they are? Wonder if their condition is genetically inherited? Or is it acquired through their decisions and actions? Why don’t they do something about it? Is it because they cannot do anything about it? Obesity is a medical condition that is affected by both genetic and environmental factors in both adults and children. According to research, it is indicated that obesity is about 40% genetic and 60% due to environmental factors (Taylor 2). Obesity is defined as “an excess of body fat content with increased risk of morbidity” (Reilly and Wilson 2006). I believe that the role of environment has on childhood obesity is more significant than the genetic factors by examining environmental factors that cause obesity. Environmental factors refer to things such as the types of food you consume, how much food you consume, if you’re nutrition is balanced, amount physical activity, and time spent on technology. Advertisements, availability of food, school lunch systems, improper nutrition, and physical inactivity, these are the factors I will be looked at in order to determine the link between the environment and childhood obesity. Through this I hope I can persuade you that obesity is not destiny but an option. Health economics professor Sean Cash cross-referenced Canada’s top 10 fast food restaurants with Statistics Canada 's latest data on obesity levels and revealed that obesity rates are maximized in…

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