Childhood Obesity

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There are many various social problems in kids of America today ranging from poverty to drug abuse. One alarming factor that is rapidly exploding is childhood obesity. We have read and discussed Alice Davies’ article, “‘Extra Large,’ Please,” and taken notes on Morgan Spurlock’s documentary, Supersize Me, which describe the alarming social problem of childhood obesity connected to the fast food industry in America today. Davies stated: “Since 1980, the number of American kids who are dangerously overweight has tripled. More than 16 percent of our children qualify as ‘obese’” (Davies 114). Although childhood obesity is a growing problem stemming from a terrible diet and lack of exercise, we can take action now to avoid further detriment towards their future health.

The first cause of childhood obesity, in my opinion, is the lack of inactivity. Many schools are not required to have any physical education. Unfortunately, Davies’ states: “Many of those schools are so short of money they’ve scrapped physical-fitness classes” and “too few communities have athletic programs in place” (115). It is appalling that schools have a hand in this growing epidemic. Also, Spurlock’s Supersize Me documentary shows that “schools are cutting out recess to study for testing and only one state requires physical-fitness classes.” It is terrible that most of these children taking exams are obese. In addition, they live in a dangerous neighborhood where they can’t go out and play because “drug activity and violent crime may make playing outside dangerous” (Davies 115). Communities should take part in making the neighborhood a safe haven for kids to play outside.

The second cause of childhood obesity is poor eating habits. Many of our nation’s schools are allowing chain restaurants to be served for lunch. Disastrously, Davies’ states: “About 20 percent of our nation’s schools have sold chain restaurants the right to put their food items on the lunch line” and “the...
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