"According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity rates have tripled in America's youth since 1980. Nowadays one-third of America's children are considered overweight or obese. Many believe childhood obesity is an epidemic that is easy to understand. Today’s children in families with at least one overweight/obese child stare at computer screens instead of playing outside, eat sweet and salty snacks in place of fruits and vegetables and take little interest in shopping and food preparation, Although the truth about childhood obesity proves to be more complex. Children in healthy weight households tend to be more involved in food purchase decisions. In these families, children are more likely to request specific products, accompany parents on shopping trips and give feedback on products purchased. Furthermore, in healthy weight families, parents are more likely to prepare and cook most meals. Which leads me to my conclusion, Involving children in the process of purchasing food provides an opportunity for parents to teach them about making healthy choices. For several years, many have been quick to attribute rising fast-food consumption as the major factor causing rapid increases in childhood obesity. However a new study found that fast-food consumption is simply a byproduct of a much bigger problem. Just because children who eat more fast food are the most likely to become obese does not prove that calories from fast foods are the blame. A study done by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on junk food and nutrition has told us that most of the junk foods contain very high levels of trans fats, salts and sugar – which no doubt leads to severe ill health and diseases like obesity and diabetes. Junk food – all the stuff that most of us love to snack on – has enough trans fats, salt and sugar to lead us to an early onset of diseases in the young. And what’s worse is, neither the companies, nor the government is bothering to tell us what...
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