Childhood Obesity

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RUNNING HEAD: CHILDHOOD OBESITY

Childhood Obesity in America

Childhood Obesity in America

Childhood obesity is a very serious problem in America that seems to be going unaddressed. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one third of children in America are obese. As parents we are obligated to ensure our children stay active and eat a healthy diet. I have a long history of diabetes in my family and I am committed to ending it with my children. A dedicated approach to health and fitness coupled with a relentless pursuit of knowledge will allow us to lead our families into a healthy future.

Based on information and statistical data from the American Heart Association (Healthy Kids, 2010), there is a connection between childhood obesity and poor health. Many of the health issues associated with childhood obesity are heart specific but other life threatening conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol are common as well. The American Heart Association website stresses the importance of diet and exercise in preventing childhood obesity. Although dieting is a viable option for weight loss it is strongly discouraged in very young children. The fact that they are rapidly growing means a diet could result in a lack of proper nutrition and energy therefore dieting should only be used under the supervision of a doctor. Preparing healthy meals and including reducing sedentary activities is a safer approach to managing weight in younger children.

According to the Center for Disease Control (Overweight and Obesity Data and Statistics), obesity in children has more than tripled in the United States in the last 30 years. This equates to one third of all children and adolescence in America being obese. This is an alarming trend as it paints a very morbid picture for the future of the nation. Obese children are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and diabetes than children who maintain a healthy weight....
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