Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012). In 2008 more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2012). Childhood obesity is not only a family problem; childhood obesity is a nation's problem with severe health risk. Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being of a child(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2012). Obesity not only affects a child's health it can affect them socially. Children who are obese are less likely to participate in sports or any other physical activities. This lessens the amount of physical activity that a child needs causing more harm to a child. Parents can become a role model for their children by eating healthier (Marcus and Baron,n.d.). Encourage children to became active by being active with the (Marcus and Baron.d.). Aparent can also encourage healthier eating habits by buying more fruits and vegetables, cut out fatty foods, foods with sugar, and do not allow sugary drinks (Marcus and Baron, n.d.). Childhood obesity is on the rising in the United States. Overweight children need support, acceptance, and encouragement from their parents and others (Marcus and Baron, n.d.).Be a good role model for your child and other children (Marcus and Baron, n.d.). If your child sees you enjoying healthy foods and physical activity, he or she is more likely to do the same now and rest of his or her life (Marcus and Baron, n.d.).
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