The Prevalence Of Childhood Obesity Essay

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The Bigger the Better The prevalence of childhood obesity is not surprising considering only 2% of children in the United States maintain a healthy lifestyle according to Blank Children’s Hospital. This lifestyle includes a healthy diet and exercise. In data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey, there has been a four-fold increase in childhood obesity between its 1971-1974 survey and its 2009-2010 survey. This translates to a rate of 16.9% childhood obesity in children ages two to nineteen, as of 2010 (Co). In Davison High School, this means that of our 1,600 student body, 270 students are classified as obese. In order to appreciate the severity of this epidemic, several factors need to be considered. Causes and effects of childhood obesity need to be examined. Metabolic syndrome will be discussed as it is often associated with pediatric obesity. Socioeconomic status will also be looked at because of the limited resources available to these children causing a higher rate of obesity in the lower income population. Lastly, we will focus on ways to combat this problem. Childhood obesity is an ongoing issue because children lack the motivation, resources, and parenting necessary to be healthy. This can have negative effects on them in short and long term. The root of our youth’s rotundity is not defined by a single factor. Unhealthy eating and drinking habits are the biggest contributor to the problem. Given a choice between drinking…

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