Degen1Eric DegenBritish LitMrs. MaxwellOctober 4, 2011 Childhood Obesity Have you noticed the copious amounts of overweight and obese people in the worldtoday? Overweight is defined as having excessive body weight for a particular height frommuscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors, as stated by J. Roach. Roach also statesthat obesity is defined as having excess body fat. Overweight and obesity isa result of caloricimbalance, which means that one is not burning off as many calories as they are receiving perday. Therefore, the calorie build up causes body fat. Being obese is not only in one age group,race or sex. Obesity can occur to anyone at anytime. In conclusion, it is essential to monitor onescalorie intake, as well as to have a good diet and regular exercise. Obesity has been monitored for several decades. Recently, there has been a huge spike inthe chat that was found on the national obesity website. Obesity is climbing at a very unhealthyrate. For example, the number of overweight children and adolescents in the United States hasnearly tripled since the early 1970’s. This is an astonishing fact and thousands of people wouldhave never known. This shows that people do not know much about their health or about theUnited States health statistics. Today, more than one third of children and adolescents areconsidered to suffer from the medical term obesity, states Roach in his article of statistics aboutchildhood obesity. Roach expresses his concern about the health of the children in the United
Degen2States by trying to get the word out to help these children in need. This statistic shows thatparents are slacking and they need to encourage their children to get active and participate insports. Therefore, it is going to take drastic changes in diet and a different active schedule to getthese children into a healthier body. There are thousands of ways to die in the modern day United States. The March 2004Journal of the American Medical Association reported that poor diet and physical inactivity sooncould overtake tobacco as the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States ofAmerica. This means that obesity could have more casualties that drunk driving or any otherforms of car crash. Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible formore than 300,000 deaths in America each year. There is no reason for someone to die fromeating the wrong foods and or lack of activity. In conclusion, America should do whatever ittakes to help reduce the number of lives we lose every year to obesity and cardiovascularproblems due to being overweight. Being obese does not only make one feel bad about themselves and give them low selfesteem but it also has very serious medical conditions that go along with it. During their youth,overweight children and adolescents are more likely to have risk factors associated withcardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type two diabetes.People do not understand the risks that are involved in being obese and not being active inanyway. If people were more informed about the risks vs. the reward of being obese, we wouldnot have nearly as many obese people. Obesity is among the easiest medical condition torecognize but is one of the most difficult to treat. There are copious amounts of drugs and pillsthat clam to make one lose weight in a certain amount of time. Those pills and drugs don’t doanything for you but make one spend their money and still be obese. The only way to lose weight
Degen3and not be obese is to monitor what one eats with a good diet plan and have regular activeexercise. Childhood obesity has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, depression,anxiety, and poor academic performance, states Alan. Therefore, if children know the facts aboutobesity they would not sit inside all day and waste their time on a video game. When one compares different age groups to other age groups, one can find severalinteresting statistics. Over the past three decades, the childhood obesity rate has more thandoubled for preschool children aged two to five and adolescents twelve to nineteen and it hasnearly tripled for children six to eleven years old. This statistic shows that every year more andmore children are becoming obese and overweight. There are several plausible explanations forthis sudden rise in the obesity rate, such as several hundred breakthroughs in technology, as wellas the convince of fast food restraints. The obesity epidemic has affected both boys and girls andhas occurred in all ages, race, and ethnic groups throughout the United States of America. Thisproves that it does not matter where one grew up or it does not matter how old you are. Obesityis everyone and will continue to increase unless one can help the obese. At present,approximately nine million children over the age of six are considered to be obese at the medicalstandard. This is truly a very sad and bad statement that other countries use to judge the UnitedStates. In summary, neither age nor gender affects the obesity rate in the United States ofAmerica. Not only is being obese very harmful to one health, but it is also very expensive.Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults unless they adopt andmaintain healthier patterns of eating and exercise. This statement is very true because oncesomeone gets obese; they become much more timid and to scared to go to the gym because theyare worried about what people will think about them. Obese children need to change their ways
Degen4otherwise they will end up as obese adults. The annual cost to society for obesity is estimated atnearly $100 Billion dollars says Barnes of the Stop Childhood Obesity program. $100 billiondollars is a huge waste of money if it just goes for medical equipment and such for obesepatients. Not only does it cost a lot to become obesity but it also cost a lot to have surgeries forobesity. The estimated average hospital length of a stay for obese individuals is 85% longer thana normal weighted individual nationwide. There is no positive side to being an obese individualexcept the intimation factor. No where is exempted from obesity, not even the state of Georgia. 15,000 (15%) ofchildren aged two to four just in the WIC program are obese. It is truly amazing how there arefifteen thousand toddlers that are overweight just in the state of Georgia. One would think thatthe parents would do a better job of trying to keep their kids active. 28,000 (24%) of just thirdgraders are obese in Georgia. Out of 117,600 third graders in the state of Georgia, there are28,000 that are obese. 43,000 middle school students are obese in the state of Georgia. Middleschool students should not be obese because a gym class is necessary for them every year.62,000 high school students are obese in Georgia. High school students should not be obesebecause of everyone trying to be popular and trying to fit in. Therefore, school systems inGeorgia need to specialize on obesity and overweight and try to help kids get into a healthierway of life. Just about everything has gone up with the economy, including the price of health care.Hospital costs due to obesity related diseases in children increases from $35 million during 1979to1981 to $127 million during 1997 to 1999. This proves that it is a very horrid thing to be obeseand try to pay for all the medical bills. Part of this reason is because people are too lazy to get up
Degen5off the cough and be active and try to lose some weight to try to save some money. Inclusion, ifone is obese; it is advised to lose weight for the finical side of obesity. Obese people will blame there obesity on thousands of different possible escape goats.For example, two in five Georgia middle school students (44%) and high school students (43%)watch television for three or more hours on a school day. Not only does watching televisioncontribute to making oneself obese, but it also distracts from doing their homework; resulting inpoor academic performance. Four out of every six people eat fast food twice a week. Due to fastfood being so convenient and cheap, one would mistake it as a good substitute than a homecooked dinner. Not only does technology contribute to obesity and poor academic performancebut fast food also helps people gain weight. In summary, obesity is not what one should lookforward to or try to encourage. In conclusion, being obese not only puts one at risk for very serious medical problems butit also is a serious drain on a financial level. When I was a little boy, my father was very obeseand would not stop eating. I did not know what to do to help him get on the correct path to fix hislife. Therefore, I told my father that I wanted to be like him and be obese. He finally realized thathis obesity was not just affecting himself, but it was affecting everyone around him. He is now inthe best shape of his life and is as healthy as a vegetable. What can we do to help prevent obesityin the world today?