The New Age Epidemic: Obesity

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Obesity is the most common form of nutritional problems; it is an epidemic that is affecting millions of people globally, and has a great impact on Canadian society, as seen in children today. In an article from a by CTV News, it was reported that Canada has one of the world's worst records in the battle of childhood obesity (Experts Say Canada Losing Child Obesity Battle 1). The rate of childhood obesity in Canada has risen dramatically from 2 per cent in 1981, to between 10 and 15 per cent in 1996 (Experts Say Canada Losing Child Obesity Battle 1). According to a study by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, it was found that more than half of Canadians are obese (Obesity Research in Canada 1). Furthermore, the prevalence of overweight and obesity among preschool children in some regions of Canada are shocking. Patricia M. Canning from the Faculty of Education in Memorial University says, that more than 1 in 4 preschool children in Newfoundland and Labrador are already overweight or obese (Canning 1). In addition, Doctor Ross E. Andersen from the Baltimore School of Medicine, states that from 1981 to 1996, the occurrence of overweight children climbed up the scale to 92 percent in boys and 57 per cent in girls (Andersen 1). Obesity is causing health care costs to rise and is also reducing national efficiency (Obesity Research in Canada 1). Obesity was costing Canada $1.8 billion in 1997 (Obesity Research in Canada 1). In responses to these concerns, some treatments have been developed for overweight children and address this growing problem. This essay will examine the causes, challenges and solutions related to obesity among children and adolescents in North America. Behind each problem there are several leading factors that cause the problem to arise. Similarly with the obesity problem, there are several factors that are causing the epidemic to grow including the consumption and the availability of unhealthy eating options. One contributing factor to...
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