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Childhood obesity is a disease that affects millions of children worldwide today. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression. One of the best strategies to reduce childhood obesity is to improve the diet and exercise habits of your entire family. Treating and preventing childhood obesity helps protect the health of your child now and in the future.”(http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/childhood-obesity/DS00698/) Childhood obesity is a disease that affects millions of different nationalities worldwide. 31.7% of all children are obese according to the Leadership for Healthy Community (http://www.leadershipforhealthycommunities.org). .I plan on using the World Wide Web to research and to find the most detailed, and up to date information on this subject. I will argue that in today’s society that often certain nationalities are more obese than others because of culture differences. There are also other factors like home and school life. I plan to argue as a specific claim that Latino children are often deprived because they don’t have the nutritional knowledge which leads to obesity. This comes from their home life since often families speak multiple languages and English is not understood. Hygiene and nutrition are not taught to the parents and then are not passed down to the children.

To limit the research of my paper I plan on being specific to a nationality of children. I have chosen Latino. “As of May 2010, 38.2 percent of Hispanic children ages 2 to 19 were overweight or obese”...
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