Childhood Obesity Essay

1430 WordsSep 14, 20126 Pages
Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity is a significant problem in the United States, and has been a growing concern since 1985. “Approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years of age are obese” (cdc.gov, 2011). The researcher chose this topic because it affects her family, especially on her husband’s side. A few of his family members are quite obese. The researcher care’s about them a lot, but is also concerned for their overall health and safety. Being obese is not healthy, and can be prevented with the help of educating one’s parents and communities by raising awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of sustaining a healthy development. The topic of the researcher’s argumentative research paper will focus on childhood obesity. After conducting the preliminary and secondary research through numerous articles and websites, the researcher has limited the main topic of childhood obesity to “How parents are responsible for monitoring their children’s diet to help prevent childhood obesity.” The researcher believes the main causes of childhood obesity include laziness, a lack of parental involvement, fast-food restaurants (i.e. our fast paced society), and processed food and snacks. The nature of our society has greatly changed in the past 20 years, looking back there’s been a growing number of children and adolescents aged 2 – 19 years of age who are obese (cdc.gov,2011). Obesity is a health condition of anyone who is over his or her own healthy weight. Many people don’t realize that there is a difference in being overweight and obese. Your BMI (Body Mass Index) is a good indicator of whether you are at a healthy or unhealthy weight. “Age and sex specific growth charts are used to calculate BMI in children and adolescents (ages 2-20) using a child’s weight and height, and then matching their BMI to the corresponding

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