Almost one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese, and more than two-thirds of adults are overweight. Obesity rates have increased by 214 percent between 1950 and 2000(Livestrong.com). Also According to livestrong.com, the main cause for the increase it weight among American’s is lack of exercise, as well as the convenience of fast food, and caloric increase. This rise in obesity has increased diseases such as heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. As a country, we are spending over $190 billion a year treating these diseases, diseases that could be prevented by increasing exercise and decreasing calories.
Fat America – Bigger Isn’t Always Better Obesity in American culture has rapidly evolved into a serious problem. To date, approximately one third of the population is obese – that is approximately 72 million Americans (Obesity Society). Weight has not only risen to an all time high in adults - it has also become predominant in children and adolescents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over the past three decades, childhood obesity has more than doubled for kids aged 2-5 years old and adolescents aged 12-19 years old. It has also more than tripled for children aged 6-11 years old.
Jessica Brown English 101 Childhood Obesity In America Obesity is one of the serious medical conditions which is difficult to treat. Up to one out of every five children and teens in the U. S. are obese, and this number is continuing to grow. Over the past three decades, the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for preschool children aged 2-5 years and adolescents aged 12-19 years, and it has more than tripled for children aged 6-11 years. (Jeff Barnes) Childhood obesity has dramatically increased. The United States needs to take concrete steps to reduce obesity in children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity rates have tripled in America's youth and adults since 1980 America needs to understand that not the only people getting larger, but so are their children. We are leading children to poor health and a poor understanding of what exercise and being active can do for you. With schools limiting PE classes and sporting budgets, exercise has been something only merely talked about rather than being practiced. Children are being diagnosed with Cardiovascular disease which is one of the leading causes of death in our nation and many other chronic diseases. Because of the significance of fast food chains in America, we feel the urge for an easy meal, Americans, in general, immediately look to the fast food nation for a quick suppression to their hunger.
This demographic will continually increase due to baby boomers entering their retirement years as well as the number of elderly living past the age of 85. Likewise, the Hispanic elderly population will increase by 12.8 million and is expected to be one of the largest minority groups living older in age (Woodside & McCalm, 2011). This population surge will cause issues for governments and agencies at all levels with implications in policy making, planning and many other areas. This means increased education levels and more elderly citizens who are minorities. On the same token, the income for elderly
A compelling statement provided by the article is that “Children ages six and eleven are the ones who are gaining large amounts of Annotated Bibliography Tracy Pp.2 weight.” The Institute of Medicine is sending out the message for this group of children who are victims of obesity that have more than tripled in the last thirty years. In using these sources it starts to strengthen a voice on why childhood obesity should be fading. Relevant causes of childhood obesity will also help because after stating facts and causes of childhood obesity each cause one by one. Childhood obesity increases each year and I understand because after studying the trend and the causes if it is not stopped it will be a bigger epidemic than we can handle. Levine, Susan and Rob Stein, “Obesity Threatens a Generation”: Washington Post 17 May 2008 17 Nov 2008
Play time can also become a family experience which serves to bond family members together and allow adult members an opportunity to model healthy exercise habits for children. Exercise also helps young children develop a healthy self-image and positive self-esteem as they take pride in their physical accomplishments. The exhilaration that comes with running, laughing, and playing can also boost a child's mood. This leads to one of the most important reasons kids should play outside: its fun! When children do exercise it can benefit from regular exercise because if they are active they will have stronger muscles and bones.
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 (kidshealth.com),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
Obesity- obesity is a huge problem in America today. Not only with adult but children obesity is also becoming a big concern. A prediction was made last year which made an estimated that if the obesity rates continue to grow as rapidly as they are all 50 states could reach rates over 40 percent by 2030. Thirty-nine states could possibly reach rates above 50 percent, and 13 could have rates over 60 percent. Teen pregnancy- The U.S has the second highest teen birth rate among 46 countries, also 1 out of every 3 girls will get pregnant before they even turn 20 years old.