Childhood Obesity

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Childhood Obesity

Nutrition 225 Online with Dr. Strunk

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Books: I used the chapters in this book that focused on obesity in adults, adolescents, and young children. Greatest resource used. 12th edition of Understanding Nutrition by Whitney and Rolfes |

Internet sites: Youth/obesity/facts.htm|||

Childhood Obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7 percent in 1980 to nearly 20 percent in 2008. Also the percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.

These facts are extremely important and childhood obesity should be recognized by all. I feel like if more people are aware of these statistics than more people could help to make a difference. In 2008 more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Currently 25 million United States children and adolescents are overweight or obese. This evidence is proof that childhood obesity and overweight has reached epidemic proportions and is a major public health problem.

Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being. Some immediate health effects are children and adolescents who are obese are at a greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems like poor self-esteem. Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Obese adolescents are more likely to have pre-diabetes.

Some long-term health effects are children and...
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