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Fight against Childhood Obesity

Liberty University

502 Coun

11, 2012

Dr. Jeff McCarthy


Medical researcher showing there is an epidemic level in these countries that are affecting our children life. Some reports indicate over 25% of the children that live in the U.S.A. is overweight and 11% are obese. What is the problem, how did one of the riches place in world let this happen? Where did we go wrong with our children life? Researcher stated that the mechanism of obesity development is not fully understood and it is believed to be a disorder with multiple causes. The environmental factors, lifestyle preferences, and cultural environment play

Key roles in the rising prevalence of obesity worldwide. Supporting evidence show that excessive sugar intake by soft drinks, increase portion size food is one of the key errors in our children diets and overweight is the consequently. Prevention may be achieved through a variety of interventions targeting built environment, physical activity, and diet. Some of these potential strategies for intervention in children can be implemented by targeting preschool institutions, schools or after-school care services as natural setting for influencing the diet and physical activity. All in all, there is an urgent need to initiate prevention and treatment of obesity in children.

The researcher have showing that childhood obesity is a major health problem in the United States of America, really more than a problem, but an epidemic. (Service., 2008) Researcher states all segments of the population are affected, low-income, middle class and the wealthy. Limited resources could be a major problem which limited access to healthy and affordable foods in some families, but limited opportunities for physical activity in others. (Institute of Medicine, 2009). Food sales away from home meals have skyrocketed to 607.4 million dollars compared with 504.3 million dollars on fast food sales (Service., 2008) . It is seen that the food industry advertising has target on our children and youth, which is one linked to the increase of childhood obesity. Also the nation physical education programs in schools were eliminated due to budgetary constraints and the complete devotion of instructional time to core subject like English and Math to meet the strict testing requirements mandated by the Bush administration's 'No Child Left Behind , (Henley, McBride, Milligan, &Nichols, 2007). The worst of the worst video gaming time and computer usage increased, along with impact of television viewing, and the advertising adds to the obesity of children.

(Dolgoff's, 2009) "The problems of being an overweight child are severe, overweight children tend to suffer from low self-esteem, depression and loneliness. Research show that the children also face discrimination beginning at a very young age and are more likely to become suicidal. Children understand that being overweight is socially undesirable from a very young age.' (Dolgoff's, 2009)

Fact is showing that childhood obesity is shortening the life of our children, its alarming number of overweight children in the U.S. In fact, most studies show that about 20 percent of children ages 6 to 11 are overweight, while the number of obese children as nearly doubled in the last 20 years. Worst of all, it can be very difficult for children to shed their bad eating habits and extra weight as they get older, resulting in more overweight and obese adults in the long run.

Now there are researchers who do not believe that some claims of the obesity epidemic are backed, by actual obesity facts or evidence. They say that hype and exaggeration of data obtained might cause unnecessary health interventions.

Action, Strategy, hard work, and breaking old habit that are pass down from generation to generation they are being put into place to improve health of our children. We are to focus on eating a healthy diet. This will help reverse and prevent obesity, which should also lead to a reduction in cholesterol levels. Increase your child's activity level with physical activity, limit the, to screen time, and important for parents, educators and other adults to make an ongoing effort to get kids to make healthier eating decisions. The War has being declared against Childhood Obesity in American in save our children life. Obesity epidemic has lasting psychological effects on our children, in addition the effect which has cause diseases that can damage our children health and shorting their years. In Implementing thought education, on nutrition and eating habits , teaching how to improve children diets and how they are a big parents influences, teach about on genetics, getting companies to really stand by on how they use advertment and marketing. This can help eliminate and will go hand in hand in the successes in beating the battler on childhood obesity

Socio-Economic Status and Race/Ethnicity

Nutrition and Eating Habits

Fast foods has been indicted as one causes of obesity in young children , We are seeing nutritional composition of children's diets as well as the number of calories consumed is of interest to determine the effect of food consumption on childhood obesity.

Reports in 2010 shows more and more children are getting more of their food away from home. Annual sales of food and beverages to young consumers has exceeded $27 billion in 2002. Food and beverage advertisers collectively spend $10 billion to $12 billion a year to reach children and youth. Of that, more than $1 billion is spent on media advertising to children, and $3 billion is spent on packaging designed for children. An extra soft drink a day gives a child a 60 percent greater chance of becoming obese, new research suggests. The U.S. study, published this week in The Lancet medical journal, says the soft drink-obesity link is independent of the food children eat, how much television or videos they watch and the amount they exercise. Experts, who called the findings "enormously important," have long believed that sweetened drinks were contributing to the rising obesity epidemic among children,



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