Child Obesity Essay

1465 WordsApr 29, 20146 Pages
Why is Child Obesity a National Epidemic? In 2014, children in the United States are facing a war. The war lasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all their lives. Every decision they make reflects their chances of winning or losing this war. Likewise, every American is involved in this war. Government, big businesses, and families all play a crucial part in fighting this war. The odds against these children is almost unbelievable. But with every Americans help, the odds could be more favorable. The enemy? Child obesity. You may ask, “What’s the difference between being overweight and obese?” The Center for Disease Control distinguishes the term “Overweight” as someone with a weight that is high compared to others with the same height, and has nothing to do with a person’s body fat. Comparatively, the term “Obese” means someone has an excessive amount of body fat in relation to lean body mass. So it is important to consider that I am not speaking of children who are overweight, but children that are high risk for medical complications due to their sever case of obesity. Today 12.5 million children are obese. That number is triple the rate from just one generation ago. Obese kids are not just battling “being fat”, they’re battling diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and blood pressure, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, cancer, and social, emotional, and psychological problems. In the HBO documentary, “The Weight of a Nation: Children in Crisis”, the experts bring up the possibility that this generation will be the first to not be expected to live past their parents age. This disease is serious and it seems to be getting detrimentally worse. Before we as nation can continue to fight this battle, we must identify the key factors and perpetrators to the cause of the epidemic of child obesity. Child obesity in America is destructive to one’s

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