Childhood Obesity: Widespread Epidemic

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Jordan Kendall ENC 1101 Professor Fallows 12-04-11 Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity has slowly become a very wide spread epidemic. In the last few years, we have seen that every 1 in 3 kids is either overweight or obese (,this means because of the numerous fast food opportunities, certain ethnicities, and peoples every day sedentary life-style, in almost half a century we have tripled the rate of obesity in children. What exactly does the term obesity truthfully mean? In the chapter “Children” from the book Biographies of Disease: Obesity, It explains children measured to a certain specification, with BMI’s, Body Mass Index’s, in the 85th to 95th percentile, were labeled “At risk of becoming overweight”, and…show more content…
In just “The Introduction” of the book it tells that Ronald McDonald made his debut on TV in 1963. Shortly after Ronald became the spokesperson for McDonalds everywhere. McDonald sales spiked to a new high. The title of the first chapter is fairly self-explanatory, that being “Fast food may be addictive”. In said chapter, the reader finds quotes such as two by Diane Martindale “Foods that are excessively high in fat and sugar, can cause changes to your brain and body that make it hard to say no.” and “Exposure to fatty foods may quickly reconfigure the body’s hormonal system to want yet more fat.” (Fast Food 12-13). A man took this statement so intensely that he took it to the levels of lawsuit. The fifty-two year old man blamed all the fast-food companies for his diabetes, overweightness, and his two heart-attacks. He claims that it is unfair to people, not telling them the harmful substances they eat, and making the substances quote addictive. He was soon backed by a few universities that didn’t really make a difference in the long…show more content…
As these children grow older, they are actually, in many cases, at high risk of being seriously injured or even killed by this harmful thing, obesity. Only six years ago a survey was taken up that led to knowledge of estimated deaths caused by obesity-related illness. The astounding statistic shows that 112,000 to 325,000 American adults die from it every year. This means that people with the highest BMI’s are twice more likely to die prematurely than the average American. Here are a few examples of the illnesses caused by obesity: type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular (heart) disease, and asthma. Singling out cancer just for the sake of example, 14-20 percent of all cancer deaths were blamed on obesity. If this statement holds true, if every adult would hold their BMI under 25 (50th percentile), about 90,000 deaths a year could be prevented. (Biographies Of Disease:

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