Childhood Obesity

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Article Summary: After reading the article U.S. Childhood Obesity and Climate Change: Moving Toward Shared Environmental Health Solutions located in Doc Sharing, write a paper summarizing, agreeing, disagreeing, responding to, and reflecting your personal thoughts and observations about the article. The paper must be double spaced, minimum two-pages in length, and in APA format.

Obesity in children and its relationship to unclean air and environmental health issues has become head of health concerns in the United States, as the rate of climate change continues to increase. The rising percentage of obesity in children is beginning to dominate minority and low income communities around the United States, while environmental issues stand present to lend a helping hand. Some environmental concerns may reflect the following; lack of neighborhood recreation facilities available to the youth within those communities, local walking and bike trails, food and air quality, water contamination, and rising levels of the heat and sea. Climate change will always be a factor of risk to the environment as it is currently and will continue to affect our children’s health throughout their lifetime and the future of the world. Nationally 15% of children are affected by childhood obesity which refers to having a body mass index higher than the 95th percentile, as well as certain communities such as the east part of Harlem, New York having childhood obesity rates over 25%. With conclusive evidence of unequal exposure to illness and chemicals, this raises concern in the direction of an environmental justice issue. When speaking on the reflection of obesity, children that are obese tend to suffer from diabetes, cancer, gallbladder disease, hypertension, liver disease and even depression.
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