When we look at children today we can see that childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States. While child obesity is a growing concern among society, is it an issue that should be dealt with as to who is responsible for the obesity itself, or is it an issue that should be analyzed as to what can be done about it?
What is childhoof obesity? Obese children are those who have an excessive amount of body fat. This excess amount of body fat causes detriment to health. Obesity leads to many physical ailments, health problems, a lower life expectancy, and mental trauma as well. There are different methods of determining obesity in children. Measuring in terms of relative weight for height and age is a typical and simple method. BMI, or body mass index, is another way to indicate amounts of body fat and is a useful tool in identifying obese children.“A child's weight status is determined using an age- and sex-specific percentile for BMI rather than the BMI categories used for adults because children's body composition varies as they age and varies between boys and girls.More children and teenagers are being diagnosed with diseases that were only usually observed in adults due to childhood obesity. According the The American Heart Association, “Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963.” If you were to walk around surveying people in the street and asked them what they thought was one of the main reasons why there is a rapid increase in childhood obesity, “overeating” would probably be on top of their list. Recent studies show that children are now eating foods with higher calories now then they ever have before. Wherever they go or look , there are vending machines , fast food restaurants and commercials advertising these high calorie foods. Just take a short drive down any main street in a popular city and you will drive past no less than eight fast food restaurants and three convenient...
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