The Futures Of Childhood Obesity

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Over the last few decades, an epidemic has been plaguing the children of America. Obesity is slowly killing them from the inside and ruining their futures. This disease can affect physical and psychological development during their adolescent years. Obesity is caused by choices made by both the child 's parents and the child themselves. By examining what causes obesity in general and the different methods of reversing this trend, we can help improve the lives and the futures of these children. While it is the parent’s right to treat their kids how they see fit, allowing children to become overweight and obese is neither in the child’s nor the communities best interest.

Obesity is a lifestyle disease. Many factors can play a role in weight
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It is a comparison between a person 's weight and height. Body Mass Index is more accurate in people who are sedentary and do not carry excess muscle mass. “Childhood obesity is defined as a BMI at or above 25.” (6) BMI can be used to predict the chances of developing heart disease and other health problems. The health risks associated with obesity are well documented. Overweight and obese people generally have a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, developing type-2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. These diseases were once thought to only be found in adults. However these problems can be easily found in America’s …show more content…
The price of foods has declined over the years. After adjusted for inflation, “The real price of a two-liter bottle of Coca-Cola fell 34.89 percent” between 1990 and 2007. “McDonald’s quarter-pounder with cheese fell 5.44 percent.” (7) These foods are very high calorie and can lead to weight gain. This can lead to an increased BMI and the eventual development of obesity. Most people will use the excuse that healthy foods are too expensive. This claim is false. Frozen bags of fruits and vegetables have the same nutritional content as their fresh counterparts for a lower cost. Frozen fruits and vegetables can be bought in bulk and do not spoil as quickly as fresh foods do. Also foods such as brown rice and quinoa are also inexpensive. Most can be bought in bulk for a low-cost. Increasing the child’s consumption of whole grains and lean sources of protein may also contribute to better health. Parents have the ultimate purchasing power and can dictate what the child eats. Some parents just give into the child 's demands to stop them from crying and disturbing the

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