November 28, 2013
Only 20 years ago there were just a handful of children that were overweight, mostly because of genetic or hormonal disorders. (Study Mode, 2005) At the rate now 40 percent of children are overweight in the world. With this there are many questions of how did it come to be this high, what are the influences and what can we do to fix it. (Study Mode, 2005) Who is too blame and or is it the new generation’s lifestyle that’s affecting this high percentage and what problems will they face? There are several major factors in which why this generation is seeing a rise in obesity whether it’s eating too many calories or the way the parents are raising them. (Study Mode, 2005)
One of the first obvious reasons is our diet, everyone is well aware that we have increased our portion sizes but why? Children face this everyday but don’t know any better, we eat at fast food restaurants more often because the parents or whomever are too busy to make a proper healthy meal at home. (Bolton) In today’s society fast food restaurants have a reputation of delivering fast tasty food although, the food contains the most unhealthy ingredients. Even the advertisements the children see on TV or around where they live influence them about fast food. (Bolton) By consuming calorie-rich diets like these is what’s playing a big part in child obesity. Many children think these eating habits are the norm and don’t know any better, although some schools have taken the time to try to influence the children’s lifestyles by changing what the school offers for food.
Parents can pursue simple steps to prevent their children from eating unhealthy foods and encourage them to eat nutritiously. Parents can eliminate all fast food; families can save $10 to $15 dollars per meal by eating a healthy meal at home. (Essay on childhood obesity, 2009) Even though some parents may not have the options of being able to...