Addressing the Issue of Childhood Obesity

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Addressing the Issue of Childhood Obesity
Shabreka Ray
ENG122: English Composition II
Instructor: Karen McFarland
December 10, 2010

Childhood Obesity health issue is on the rise rapidly in the United States. The health issues include; type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, and stress. Childhood obesity has been a big topic for First Lady Michelle Obama. On February 09, 2010 Michelle Obama, told Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, “We want to eliminate this problem of childhood obesity in a generation. We want to get that done.” The cost of the illness by childhood obesity is 150 billion dollars a year to be treated. I believe that a balance diet will help reduce the health issues associated with childhood obesity because it is worth saving the future of our children (Obama, 2010). Childhood obesity is a highly profiled health issue among our kids today and our future generation. The federal government has a role too; President Obama signed a presidential memorandum to create the first-ever federal task force to provide “optimal coordination” between private sector companies, not-for-profits, agencies within the government and other organizations to address the problem of childhood obesity. “We think that this has enormous promise in improving the health of our children, in giving support to parents to make the kinds of healthy choices that oftentimes are very difficult in this kind of environment” (Obama, 2010). Obesity in children is a growing epidemic in the world today and we need to take charge of our kid’s health. Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects our children and adolescents. Obesity occur when children is considered to be over the normal average weight. This will become a battle in organizing groups and forming meetings to take charge of our kids health. "The prevalence of obesity among children ages 6 to 11 years has more than doubled, “and more than tripled in adolescents ages 12 to 19. Organizations such as the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Obesity Association (AOA) have amassed the numbers on this disturbing epidemic: 30.3% of kids ages 6 to 11 are overweight, 15.3% are classified as obese, and for adolescents, 30.4% are estimated to be overweight and 15.5% obese. Multiple factors come into play, making ultimate victory over this problem something that demands a multifaceted attack. Here, Schwager discusses childhood obesity and looks at how to defeat it (Schwager, 2010). By actually putting his discussion to use would gave them good suggestions, the groups will need to follow them accurately in order to succeed in their goal. This paper presents a research proposal for developing and organizing a plan to help eliminate the health issue of childhood obesity. Eliminating childhood obesity will require a lot of attention from the parent. The plan will help reduce some risk of developing childhood obesity which is a medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It is very important to inform people of the health risks childhood obesity may cause. The improvement begins in the homes, which is preparing healthy meals and getting plenty of exercise on a daily basis. Obesity in children contributes to respiratory disease in a number of ways. Overweight has been associated with significantly more severe symptomatology in asthmatic subject (Luder et al., 1998). Asthmatic children with high BMI had significantly lower peak expiratory rates than those with lower BMIs. (Burniat, Lissau, & Cole, 2002). p 160. Childhood obesity can lead to death, which is a devastating thing that can occur. Childhood obese can be defined as a genetic disorder. Prader-Willi Syndrome is a genetic condition which

causes the sufferer to have an excessive appetite eventually leading to obesity. Prader-Willi Syndrome is a complex disorder with a genetic cause which is present in an...
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