The Pros And Cons Of Child Obesity

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Child Obesity Needs to Take a Hike “The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012” (Childhood Obesity Facts). Obesity is often defined as excess body weight as measured by BMI, because body fat is very difficult to measure. “High-calorie, good-tasting, and inexpensive foods have become widely available and are heavily advertised”(Office of the Surgeon General).The majority of snack ads that preschoolers, children and teens saw were for sweet snacks and savory snacks, and only about a quarter of these snacks were considered healthy by the USDA Smart Snacks standards (Storrs). “Studies have shown that a child who is obese between the ages of 10 and 13 has an 80 percent chance of becoming an obese adult”(The Experts). Although opponents claim that it is not the school 's responsibility to make sure children are healthy, schools in the U.S. should take on new tactics to stop child obesity because for one children are becoming immense, children are not as active, and children are depending too much …show more content…
Effective nutrition plans are not put into play. Obesity is now a full-blown public-health crisis in the United States, harming the health and well-being of millions of American citizens and placing an enormous financial burden on our economy (The Experts). Many people are oblivious to how big the issue is, which is why it is now one of the biggest problems in the U.S. Not only is it a health crisis but it is hurting the lower classes with medical bills and doctor visits. The cost of obesity is currently estimated to be about $190 billion per year (The Experts). Which should make the government think, “hmmm should we have to pay this much every year?” Or even, “Can we do something to lower these prices?” It 's a win-win situation healthier kids equals less money being spent. The Figure below shows the percentage of obese children all

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