A few decades ago, the debate of childhood obesity was not a matter to be discussed. Our parents and grandparents never questioned the weight of their children, their friends’ children or any other child they came into contact with. Their children ate healthy foods from the table and played outside all day. The subject of childhood weight has changed quit a bit since those days. With the introduction of fast foods, Playstation and Xbox games, our kids live sedentary lives and therefore, have become very overweight. The epidemic of childhood obesity is rapidly rising throughout America. In just two decades, the commonness of overweight U.S. children ages 6 to 11 have doubled. The annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about one-third of U.S. children are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. Overall, approximately 25 million U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or nearly overweight. This finding is very disturbing to many Americans and has caused many debates on how to handle the growing sizes of our youth.
Most Americans agree childhood obesity is more prevalent today than ever before. If you take a look into any American youth’s bedroom today, you will find video games, a computer and other electronic gadgets of all kinds. In this day and time, American kids have access to anything they could every want; just by asking mom or dad to buy it. If you looked into that same room fifty years ago you would have found baby dolls, Tonka trucks and books to read. The playing of physical activity games outdoors has been taken over by the inactive high tech toys of today. Physical activity for kids at school has been replaced with more sitting behind a desk and learning. The kickball, dodge ball and volleyball games of fifty years ago have been replaced with class time learning about how they should exercise for health. But not all of the...
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