Childhood Obesity

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Childhood Obesity

America has not seen an epidemic more wide spread and rapidly growing than childhood obesity. The odd part about it is we actually have a cure. A cure that cost practically nothing. Parents seem to be oblivious to it all. Allowing their children to watch numerous hours of T.V or continuous thumb twitching while playing video games doesn't seem to be helping the problem. Constantly feeding them fast food simply because its easier and quicker is just like adding fuel to the fire. Parents give excuse after excuse. The most popular and easiest reason to blame, genetics. The list could go on and on. The fact is that parents just don't believe they have any part in how their child grows physically, when in reality they are the leading cause. Parents of obese and overweight children need to step up to their parental duties and realize they are feeding the problem with their own hands.

It seems to be now-a-days gaming companies are coming out with the newest and latest and most innovative gaming system every couple of months. Most parents tend to give into their child's demands of wants. Few, however, monitor their adolescents play time. While they are mastering the levels of the game, killing the villains, or saving the innocent victim it leaves little time for much else. Lack of exercise is the main cause for the overwhelming rate of rising obesity cases. In most families both parents work, leaving them stressed and tired. Most parents just want to come home and relax and not be bothered by high active children. Therefore they allow them to be occupied by cartoon characters coming to them via a television screen, or letting them try to save the world one level of a game at a time. If parents just took a little bit out of their day to throw a ball with their kids or take them to park and ride bikes obesity would be pretty much nonexistent. Studies show that only 60 minutes of low to moderate exercise is all children need to maintain a healthy...
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