The Cost Of Childhood Obesity

Obesity rates have risen from 6.5% to 19.6% for kids between the age of six and eleven during the time between 2007-2009. If your Body mass index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9 you are considered overweight. If your Body mass index exceeds 30 you are considered obese. Nearly one third of children in the world struggle with obesity. People need to be educated on the causes of childhood obesity to decrease the diseases caused by and the cost of childhood obesity. Childhood obesity has almost doubled in the past 30 years. Obesity is a medical condition resulting from the accumulation of excess fat in the human body to the extent that it might have great harm effects on the human health by increasing the diseases lowering the average life expectancy …show more content…
Being obese causes a lot of doctors visits and medication. Childhood obesity sets you up for long-term doctor bills for surgeries, medication for all the diseases from obesity and doctor visits. Finkelstein et al. estimated that in 2008, obesity-related medical care expenses in the United States were approximately $147 billion, more than the yearly cost of cigarette smoking. Cawley and Meyerhoefer reported even higher obesity-related medical costs at 16.5% of the United States of America national health expenditures ( Papoutsi 774). Out of all the diseases in the world today obesity is the cause of 16.5% of the national health cost. Obesity is one of the most costly diseases in America today, and if it’s not prevented it could be the most. In conclusion, childhood obesity is a growing problem that is costing children their lives in America today. Without proper knowledge on the subject, child 's lives could be endangered. People should know the difference in healthy, nutritious foods and delicious, non healthy foods for the sake of the children. Individuals should also know the risk of getting other dangerous illnesses while being obese. The general public should also be aware of the on going cost of obesity. If the nation were aware of all of these situations, childhood obesity should be easier to

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