The Obesity Epidemic Of The United States Essay

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A drive down the road in any given American city and one can observe at least one reason that the United States is struggling with obesity. One would be hard pressed to find a community that is not teeming with fast food restaurants. How many times do Americans pop a frozen meal into the microwave in a month or even a year? Our experience with convenience food is a very familiar and integral part of our American lives. However, it might surprise adults that the obesity epidemic in our country has reached the most vulnerable population of all. The youngest among us aren’t even capable of driving themselves to these bastions of unhealthy food or purchasing prepackaged food but they are affected, nonetheless, just as adults are. The childhood obesity level has reached 34% of children in the United States (Shumei & Ying, 2016).Obesity is caused by consistently consuming more calories than are needed for one’s level of physical activity. Although there are several indicators of obesity, the CDC and The American Academy of Pediatrics use the body mass index (BMI). Childhood obesity is defined as a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex (Perpich, Russ, Rizzolo, & Sedrak, 2011). Childhood obesity has been linked to an increase in Type 2 diabetes mellitus, asthma, hypertension, increased risk for cardiovascular disease and even affects children in psychosocial terms with low self-esteem and fewer friends than their non-obese contemporaries…

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