Obesity Questions Physical Fitness

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1. Which five statistics surprised you the most and/or caused you to be most concerned and why? The first five statistics causing me the most concern is the fact that only one out of three children are physically active everyday. As a child, I was very active and to know children are missing out on that aspect of childhood by not going out to play with other friends is saddening. Plus, it could lead to lazier lifestyle habits later on. Another statistic that causes me concern is that children now spend more than seven and a half hours in front of a screen. This is concerning because they are totally focused on a screen in front of them then actual life itself. They don't gain hobbies this way, and become somewhat less social. Not to mention they will be less physically fit. The third statistic that causes me concern is that Obesity-related medical conditions cost our nation nearly $150 billion every year and account for 16 to 18 percent of our total healthcare costs. A sedentary life style is wasting money that our nation could be using for other causes. Another statistic that concerns me is that those who are obese have medical costs that are $1,429 more than those of normal weight on average. This is not good considering the fact that the money on individual people is being wasted because people aren't living a healthy life style and will have less financial freedom. The last statistic concerning me is that only about one in five homes have parks within a half-mile, and about the same number have a fitness or recreation center within that distance. This exposes the lack of opportunity people can take to become fit. 2. Which of the statistics listed in #1 affects you personally and how? The statistic I mentioned that affects me the most is the fact that only about one in five homes have parks within a half-mile, and about the same number have a fitness or
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