The Long Term Effects Of Childhood Obesity

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Did you know that childhood obesity rates have doubled in the last couple of decades? Obesity is the existence of excess fat in the body. It is a huge cause of many serious diseases that include diabetes, cancer and heart failure (“Childhood Obesity Facts”). The skyrocketing number of obese children is due to the less active and less nutritious lifestyle society has accepted. Children are less active, and the food available to them at school and home is far from what their growing bodies need. Programs such as Let’s Move! by Michelle Obama have been created to educate families and children on proper nutrition (“Learn the Facts”). Programs like these are helping, but the issue still continues to grow. If childhood obesity is not put to an end …show more content…
This disease is costing America billions of dollars annually, endangering the safety of the country and harming the health of the younger generation. The diseases caused by obesity are a few of the top causes of death in America (“Childhood Obesity Legislation”). The short term effects obesity has on the body is elevated blood pressure, joint pain, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes and low self-esteem. The long term health effects of obesity are much more severe than the short term effects. The long term effects include heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and stroke. With a change in lifestyle, these issues can be reversed, but the likelihood of a child changing the lifestyle habits they have been raised on is not likely. Studies show that if a child becomes obese while a toddler, they are more than likely to become an obese adult (“Childhood Obesity Facts”). The continuous growth of obesity has had some serious long term effects on America’s budget. Obesity-caused medical issues cost the government one hundred and fifty billion dollars a year. Sixty billion of the cost comes directly from taxpayers. Not only is it a threat to America’s financial status but obesity is keeping young people from being able to serve in the military. With the growing rates of obesity, young adults are not able to pass military health criteria; therefore, obesity could become a national security threat. Almost 25% of military …show more content…
Many doctors and public figures have dedicated part of their lives to help to end childhood obesity. In the last eight years, Michelle Obama has been promoting healthy nutrition for schools and families. Michelle Obama, the First Lady, believes that the health of America is being threatened: “The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake (“Learn the Facts”).” To help save the health of generations, she set up the program, Let’s Move!, in order to inspire children to be more active and aware of what they put in their bodies (“Learn the Facts”). Michelle Obama even worked side by side with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make sure that the thirty million children who eat school lunches daily are able to eat healthy meals; meanwhile, they also put a limit on the number of calories that could be in a school lunch (“Healthy Schools”). The government has also recently required all places of food service to show the number of calories in the food. From restaurant menus to Coke machines, families will find a constant reminder of the amount of calories they will be consuming (“Calorie Labeling”). Programs like there have helped many children learn about nutrition, but America has a lot further to go to end childhood

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