Childhood Obesity Essay

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Running head: PREVENTING CHILDHOOD OBESITY 1 Preventing Childhood Obesity David Petersen March 28, 2011 PREVENTING CHILDHOOD OBESITY 2 Preventing Childhood Obesity In the United States there are approximately 12.5 million children who are not considered healthy due to being overweight or obese, according to Bell (2011). Over the years, this has created huge problems in our society, as well as, the rising cost of medical care in this country. Additionally, the number of obese children has nearly tripled, from 5% to 15%, in the past 30 years, according to Bell (2011). According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (2011), the number of adolescents who are overweight has triples since 1980. According to the 1999-2002 NHANES survey, of children from the ages of six to nineteen, 16% were found to be overweight. Children who are overweight or obese are much more prevalent to increased health risk. For that reason alone, immediate corrective action is required. Children who are overweight or obese have an increased chance of: coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, types of cancer, hypertension, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, respiratory ailments, orthopedic problems, osteoarthritis, and gynecological problems. Determining one’s Body Mass Index (BMI) is relating a person’s weight to their height. The BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms (kg) divided by their height in meters (m) squared. The term overweight is defined as having a Body Mass Index of 25 percent or higher. A person having a BMI of 30 percent or higher is considered to be obese. Obesity in children is a condition in which excess body weight negatively affects

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