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Childhood Obesity
Ronnika Cooper
Andrea Pfaff
June 25, 2012

Childhood Obesity

In this research I am prepared to give you facts and knowledge about childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is the main problem kids now a day struggle with. Us as parents and teachers need to teach and explain to our kids about how important their health is.
Childhood obesity is our children number one problem of today. The problem with childhood obesity is children now a day are lazy and eat all the wrong foods. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period. In 2008, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
Adults recognize that obesity has become an epidemic among children. A lot of the blame goes to fast food, large meal portions, food kids are eating at school for lunch, television, video games, and us as parents. All of those are factors that contribute to childhood obesity.
Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat. Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance”—too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed—and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors (CDC, Childhood Obesity Facts). Children now days aren’t being told what not to eat or how of something they can eat. Exercise isn’t a main factor for children today.
It’s important for children to be healthy and fit, because after an obese child reaches 6 years of age, they probability that obesity will persist into adulthood excess 50%, and 70% - 80% of obese adolescents will remain so as adults (Segal & Sanchez,...

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