Childhood Obesity: A Health Concern That Needs to be Addressed
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "approximately 17% (12.5 million) of children and adolescents are obese" in the United States. The CDC also believes that this generation of children will likely have a shorter lifespan than those of their parents.
Childhood obesity causes social ineptitude and low self-esteem, among others.
Difference between Overweight and Obese
Obesity is defined as the accumulation of excess body fat that may have a negative effect on health. Overweight is excess body weight for a particular height as a result of fat, muscle, bone, etc.
Anyone can prevent childhood obesity. Exercise and nutritional foods are some of the simple ways that can lower the percentage of obesity in the United States and more so the world.
The everyday American lifestyle has contributed to people eventually becoming overweight and obese.
WHY CHILDHOOD OBESITY NEEDS OUR ATTENTION:
33% of all children today are either overweight or obese. Michelle Obama explains that this health issue, due to a combination of diet and lack of physical activity, can be detrimental to a child's health and social capabilities.
This website strives to generate awareness of childhood obesity and to promote children's health in order to reduce the occurrence of this epidemic. For more information, click on the links above and below.
In 2010, at least 20% of all children in each state were obese.
Fruits and vegetables give a kid necessary minerals and vitamins for a healthy lifestyle.
As shown in this ABC news segment, cafeteria food is high in fat calories and sodium, which contribute to high blood pressure and excess weight -- the main symptoms of obesity.
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