Childhood Obesity

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Effects of Parents on Childhood Obesity

ENG 122
Instructor: Jessica Guire

In the past 30 years, body fat percentages have increased dramatically in the United States among children and young adults. In fact, according to National Center for Health Statistics (2010) “The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period”. Arguments have gone back in forth in determining what the cause for this sensitive yet detrimental subject is. BMI (Body Mass Index) is a tool for determining the amount of fat percentage a person is carrying. It is a general tool to be used to determine obesity. There are controversies pertaining to every aspect of this issue. Many people believe that overweight children come from overweight parents. A common issue is the playing habits of the last couple of generations. The argument has to do with too many video games and not enough outdoor sports. You also have no ability to go to a fast-food restaurant without a reminder of calorie counting and carb intake. Provided, will be facts and statistics involving the parent or guardians direct involvement in a dependent’s eating, playing, and exercising regiment. The facts and statistics should accomplish a sense of ownership and understanding of a child’s environment and the effects that the parent/guardian has in a positive or negative way. The overwhelming problem is proven to be the influences surrounding the child. The nature of this problem and the vast amount of people it pertains to is incomputable. The issue is not just in the United States either, it spans across the planet. This issue is extremely important due to the amount of health risks surrounding it. Childhood obesity can lead to several issues as an adult such as: Coronary Heart Disease (CDC), heart attack, high blood pressure,...
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