The Effect of Childhood Obesity

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Childhood Obesity
Amanda Demand
ENG 122
Instructor: Fawn vonFrohling
February 27, 2012

Introduction
In my discussion I have chosen to talk about childhood obesity. Child obesity is growing throughout the world. The percentage of obese children in America is rising every year. We can learn new things about this topic and can share my learning with others. Doing research on this topic helps me to better understand how to prevent my children from becoming obese. It also helps others to learn about the problems of obesity we have in America.

I plan to limit the topic by separating the two leading causes believed to be genetics and diet and lack of exercise. In my discussion I will be talking about diet and exercise, how this affects our children from childhood to adulthood, and being able to help those that have already reached the level of obesity and how their parents can help their children reach a healthier level. Finally I will talk about some ways of being able to prevent childhood obesity.

In my research on the obesity of children I have found that there is unresolved research proving that diet is the cause for obesity. Without proper diet and exercise the childhood obesity rate will continue to grow in this country. While researching I have found several facts that cause obesity in children such as: Lack of exercise, the excess amount of take-out foods vs. cooking at home, and the limited amount of physical activities in school these days. There are so much more things we can learn from this topic.

So far in my research I have found that the number of adolescents who are overweight has tripled since 1980 and the prevalence among younger children has more than doubled. It is my belief that this is the responsibility of the parents to provide healthier meals for our children today. Being overweight can cause many problems for a child starting at a young age.

I have found research online discussing the effects of obesity in children. They can be very severe and even cause death at an early age. The resources I will be sharing with you include online sources such as U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, surveys from NHANES (National Center of Health Services), and some scholarly researchers such as Ph.D. Torgan and T. Robinson.

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services often explains the causes and effects of both genetic obesity and obesity caused by lack of diet and exercise. It supplies me with surveys explaining the rate growth in American childhood obesity. According to Department of Health and Human Services “obesity in children and adolescents is generally caused by a lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns resulting in excess energy intake, or a combination of the two.” (Health and Human Services, 2004) Also the source gives the option to speak about if the diet and exercise it the problem or is it genetics that is the main cause of obesity in children. This cite also helps me to supply more resources on this topic.

The National Center for Health Statistics provides survey ratings among adolescents. “According to the 1999 through 2002 NHANES survey, 16 percent of children ages 6 through 19 years of age are overweight. Not only have the rates of obesity increased, but heaviest children in recent NHANES survey were markedly heavier than those in previous surveys.” (National Center of Health Statistics, 2005) This shows me that if we continue among the path that we are currently on the obesity charts will continue to rise throughout or future. Should we be concerned about how our lifestyle is affecting our children? Yes we should and there is something we as parents or role models can do for these children.

According to Robinson’s article, “Children spend a substantial portion of their lives watching television. Investigators have hypothesized that television viewing causes obesity by...
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