RUNNING HEAD: CHILDHOOD OBESITY Childhood Obesity Arlene Lopez ENG 122 Prof. Steve McKenna September 24, 2012 CHILDHOOD OBESITY Childhood Obesity In the last 20 years Childhood Obesity has become more noticeable. It has become almost an epidemic since the 1980’s it has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents. There have been studies to show now so that we are more aware of the situation. Schools, the Community and Pediatricians are trying to make sure that parents understand the situation and help their children have a healthier lifestyle. In a lot of countries 1 out of 10 kids is obese and this can bring a lot of other diseases to a child like blood lipid profile, altered glucose metabolism, obstructive sleep apnea, heart
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Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States. We learned from him that it is caused by lack of education, unhealthy lifestyles, socioeconomic factors, and genetics. America must be more proactive towards educating institutions, families and children of this problem and stop the growth before its too late. Obesity is defined as excess body fat. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled since 1980, and today nearly one in three children are obese.
Included are, “lack of universal access, unrelenting surge in costs, decreasing affordability for much of the population, and variable, often mediocre quality of care”. Lack of access is an enormous problem within the United States, where according to a Gallup poll, “more than 16% of American adults were without health coverage in January and February of this year” (Mendes, 2010). This is a continuous trend that seemed to elevate as our economy declined in 2008. Our health care costs are increasing faster than the economy. Our aging population, increasing technology, increasing administrative costs, and chronic disease are among only a few issues that have resulted in the increase of health care costs.
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