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Childhood obesity-1 - English 110 23 March 2008 Childhood...

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English 110 23 March 2008 Childhood Obesity For decades, research and studies have demonstrated that heavy television- viewing may lead to serious health consequences. Aric Sigman, author of Remotely Controlled: How Television is Damaging Our Lives , endorses a recent study that showed that an adult who watches three hours of TV a day is far more likely to be obese than an adult who watches less than one hour (2). However, little attention is being paid to the growing number of hours spent watching TV and its correlation to childhood obesity. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2001, one in four children between the ages of 6 and 17 were classified as overweight (Sigman 16). While Americans spend billions of dollars on health club memberships, fitness machines, and dietary supplements, inadequate consideration is being given to the growing number of youth who are overweight. Because the focus has been predominantly on older generations, considerable thought has not been given to adolescents who struggle to maintain a healthy standard of living. The issue has become such a concern that our government has felt an obligation to create programs such as the No Child Left Inside initiative, which promote outdoor activities. A major cause of childhood obesity is our children’s lack of physical activity, due to their tendency to use television, one of the most sedentary of all activities, and as means of amusement. According to the FCC, the average American spends over four hours a day watching television (Sigman 8). Even more startling, by the age of 65, the average person will have spent over nine years in front of a TV (Sigman 8). Because this figure is
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indicative of the country as a whole, it does not focus solely on children, who are prone to watch more television than adults. Instead of coming home from school and involving themselves in physical activities, children now position themselves in front of the TV. As Clinton Smith points out, The Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that over 20 percent of children participate in less than two periods of vigorous activity
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