Childhood Obesity

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Travis Dwyer
Topic: Childhood Obesity

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." -Jim Rohn

There are so many prevalent health issues that need to be addressed in today’s society. Since children are considered to be our hope for the future, I chose to research the epidemic of childhood obesity. As an aspiring physical education teacher or as alarmed to learn that “prevalence for overweight children aged 6-11 years has almost tripled in 25 years, increasing from 6.5% to 18.8% between 1980 and 2004 (1).” Of course there are so many contributing factors to this increase in weight in today’s world. In my opinion, children spend the majority of their days being sedentary in school and often come home to play video or computer games. After school snacks often include processed foods such as cookies and chips. In this troubled economy, both parents typically work full time jobs and as a result have less time to prepare healthy meals for their children. Families often eat “take-out” or “fast food” during the week. These meals are not only rich in calories but often provide oversized portions that are too large for child consumption. Unfortunately, parents don’t typically have the time to take their children to parks after school or to engage in physical activities with them on a regular basis. There are so many reasons that childhood obesity is on the rise, not only in America but throughout the world. I want to become a physical education teacher to inspire children to develop healthful habits that they can continue to use throughout their lives. I also hope to teach children how to appreciate and engage in physical activity on a daily basis as a coping mechanism for stressful situations they may encounter through the years. In this paper, I chose to focus on possible solutions and strategies to help combat future childhood obesity. When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no "I'll start tomorrow."~Terri Guillemets...
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