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Childhood Obesity

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If you look around an average classroom, school, or playground you will see that far too many children are stricken with obesity. Obesity, or excessive weight and body mass to an unhealthy extent, can be found all across the world and is increasing in popularity. The United States is no exception to this trend and in fact is one of the most rapid growing countries in obesity today, containing the highest percentage of obese persons. Obesity has become an epidemic that has had a great impact on the youth in our society. Without necessary changes being made to the way we handle childhood obesity, the trend will only continue for the worst.

Although America is the leading country in obesity, it is not the only one stricken with the disease. In fact, many countries around the world have increasing numbers of obese people. In places such as China, obesity has increased over 168 percent in the matter of fifteen years. (Wang) The study evaluating that trend ended in 2009 and the percentage is only increasing as time is passing. (Wang) Even more shocking, if trends continue as they are, obesity is suppose to reach two thirds of the population by 2050 alone. (Phillips) Although the locations may be different, the reasons for obesity are almost identical. Manu Raj shows in his article, “Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk In Children and Adolescents,” just how much obesity is affecting the world. In 2010 a study was taken in 144 countries that showed over 43 million children are overweight and obese, a trend which is likely to increase to 60 million by the year 2020. (Raj) This increase in obesity will lead to an accompanying increase in mortality rates across the globe. In examination done by Laura Aballay and coauthors, it is states that obesity rates, as well as cardiovascular risks, across the globe are “related mainly to aging, ethnicity effects, and preventable risky lifestyle conditions.” (Aballay) Meaning, the disease is preventable, as well as curable...