Curing Childhood Obesity in America Essay

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Curing Childhood Obesity in America and Organizations that Help! ENG 122 June 04, 2012 Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in America. According to the 2007-2008 NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey), obesity now affects 18% of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from a generation ago. (CDC website, 2010) When you add the overweight and obese statistics together, the problem becomes crystal clear. More than a third of the nation's children are carrying too much weight. There are lots of reasons why child obesity in America is on the rise. For instance, look at your television – how many McDonald’s commercials do you see within a two hour period? Or how often do you send the children outside the house to play, are the children involved in any kinds of sports at school or in the community? These are all factors that parents have to take into consideration when faced with the realization of having an obese child. Children in this generation are more prone to deadly diseases such as: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. Not to mention sleep apnea and social discrimination. As a society, do we really want to put our children through this? Obese children and teens have been found to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, chronic liver disease and abnormal glucose tolerance. In a sample of 5-to 17-year-olds, almost 60% of overweight children had at least one CVD risk factor and 25% of overweight children had two or more CVD risk factors. In addition to suffering from poor physical health, overweight and obese children can often be targets of early social discrimination. The psychological stress of social stigmatization can cause low self-esteem which, in turn, can hinder academic and social functioning, and persist into adulthood.

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