Tan's 107 paper - UGBA 107-204 Professor Ross GSI George...

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UGBA 107-204 Professor Ross – GSI George Tsai 1 August 2007- Summer Session The Contributors Adolescent Obesity: National Epidemic Adolescent obesity is a growing epidemic in America and many Americans have attempted to identify the cause of obesity among American children. However, adolescent obesity cannot be blamed on any one factor alone. Much attention has recently been paid to the fast food industry and blame has been put on fast food chains as the primary cause of obesity among children. For example, within the last recent years there have been many lawsuits filed by consumers against the fast food industry for their obesity problems or that of society’s children. However, all of these cases have failed in the courts and the predominant reason is that blame cannot be placed solely on the abundance of fast food in the United States. A survey of both parents and children has identified the cause of child obesity to three parties: parents, the children, and fast food (3). Although sole blame does not fall on the fast food industry in America, they nonetheless do not encourage healthy eating habits amongst children. Rather the fast food industry is more concerned with their own profits than the well-being of children. This is seen through their advertising strategies targeted mostly toward children and through their choice of menu. Adolescent obesity though, amounting to about seven percent of children, is caused by several factors, among them, parents, inactivity and the fast food industry. The different causes must be recognized to eliminate obesity and risk of obesity among young children.
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Currently 15 percent of children in America are obese and an additional 15 percent are in jeopardy of becoming obese in their lifetimes. Additionally, with nearly three in ten Americans being obese, there has been an upward trend to obesity over the last 30 years (13). First to define obesity: obesity is weighing 20 percent above your ideal body weight according to calculations of your body mass index. This amount of excess weight does not make children a little chubby or large, but rather makes it difficult for them to move around, even breathe, and can cause a number of health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and liver disease. Obese children are also more likely to experience heart attacks and strokes at a very young age (2). For example, currently 115 million people suffer from obesity-related problems, including Type II Diabetes, obesity-related cancers, and heart disease. Also in only the United States, adolescent obesity has increased by more than one percent each year over the past ten years, and will cost an estimated 99.2 billion dollars in future health care costs according to the National Institutes of Health (1). In addition to health risks obese children encounter, they are also commonly teased and socially discriminated against because of their weight. Childhood obesity does not only affect the appearance of children, but increases the chances of health
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