“.. The center said 26 percent of schoolchildren are overweight” (p.10). What this quote says is that parents are not careful with their child eating habits. The number of overweight children in the United States has increased dramatically in recent years. Approximately ten percent of four and five year old children are overweight.
Milk consumption has declined during the same period. In 1977-78, children age 6-11 drank four times as much milk as any other beverage. In 1994-1996 that decreased to 1.5 times as much milk as sugar sweetened beverages.  In 1977-1978, adolescents drank 1.5 times as much milk as any other beverage and in 1996 they consumed twice as much sugar sweetened
It is not an issue that is only for one race, sex or nationality of people; it does not discriminate. But the high numbers of children that are obese are in certain nationality or race of people. In article titled, “The Crisis of Childhood Obesity: What You Can Do?”, written by Dr. Tiffany C. Rush-Wilson, she writes about this major issue and how it has taken a huge growth over the past two decades. In her findings she reports that over the last two decades the number of children and teens with obesity (ages two to eighteen) increased nearly 300%, with the number of overweight African-American and Hispanic/Latino children increasing dramatically and disproportionately. In this group there are nearly one-fourth of children that are overweight (www.cdc.gov).
Overweight children and adolescents are more likely to become obese adults. For example, one study found that approximately 80 percent of children who were overweight at 10 to 15 years old were obese at 25. (Bellows)Innocent kids deserve a healthy and long life in the future. What are the causes of childhood obesity? There is not one single cause, rather a combination of few.
The unemployment rates for 16-19 year olds has stayed pretty steadily around 25 percent since the beginning of 2010 until the present and has never been below 24.5 percent. For the age group 20 years or over the unemployment rate averages around 8.5 to 9 percent unemployment. However, there is a higher unemployment rate for men than women throughout 2010 and into 2011 thus far. This shows that jobs where men are more likely to work were most likely hit harder during the recession than jobs that are predominately taken by women. However, the gap seems to be getting smaller as more time goes
They increase their levels of sugar, sodium and fats. The central focus should be on their diet. Many people, including those who work for those major snack companies such as Nabisco and Hostess, state that eating junk food is fine, just as long as one exercises daily to burn off the calories. However, they don’t say that indulging in the snack may have consequences later in life such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, and asthma. Therefore, the focus should be more on the diet of the child rather than exercising.
"A child learns ... food rules and how much to eat in their environment which is largely 'controlled' by parents." Parents should play a central role in preventing childhood obesity, argues Michelle Murphy Zive in the following viewpoint. They can start by maintaining a healthy weight themselves, she explains, which will reduce the chance that they will have an obese child. In addition, adds Zive, parents should encourage their children to consume healthy foods and smaller portions, and to engage in physical activity. Zive is a registered dietitian with over fifteen years of experience working with schools in improving students' health.
The number of inmates released early from prison to community supervision or parole has dramatically decreased. Types of crimes for which offenders are convicted and sentenced to prison has not changed significantly since early 1990s. Almost 70 percent of all convicted offenders admitted to DOC have been sentenced to three years or less and most of those (47 percent) for one year or less. The court has not significantly changed its sentencing practices in imposing prison terms, but recently there has been an increase in the number of sentences of between five to 10 years and a decrease in sentences of one year or less. Violent crimes generally receive the longest prison sentence (about six years) and drug offenses the next longest (almost four years).
Not exercising can cause more serious issues then you think. Not only will you gain weight over time, but you have greater risk of diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. For those who do exercise, they get the benefits that all could get. The benefits are the decreased blood pressure, live a longer life, have a better mood, less risk to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. The reason why those who exercise live, because they are not getting fat over time as someone would be by just sitting at the couch all day.
Childhood Obesity pg.1 Childhood Obesity Sociology 111 Mrs. Roberts November 16, 2011 Childhood Obesity pg.2 Historically there has always been a problem with obesity in children. Chubby babies and toddlers were more likely to survive infections and contagious diseases, and overweight children and family members were often thought to be financially secure. Today being overweight puts a child at risk for developing chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol levels. Obesity can promote degenerative joint disease which will result in painful knees, hips, feet, and back. Childhood obesity does not affect just the child, it can be stressful on an entire family (Childhood Obesity, 1998, p.1).