FNAL PAPER PAPER - Lapchak 1 Everyone can recall who the...

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Lapchak 1 -1 Everyone can recall who the “fat kids” were during their youth. They were the children who almost everyone maid fun of or spoke negatively about. They were the children who may have been left out of a series of various games, because they were to big, or picked last because their weight would perceive their ability to successfully play in the game. No matter the cause of the abandonment brought upon them by their peers, instances like this have the potential and high likelihood to seriously alter one’s current and future self-perception and social activity for the rest of their lives. Ultimately, this all in do part to the obesity of the child. Obviously, reasons for the child’s obesity can range from the eating habits of the child, to the physical activity that he or she may partake in, or perhaps it is a genetic issue, that unfortunately is out of the control of the individual. “The basic physiology of weight change is well understood: weight is gained when energy intake exceeds energy expenditure. Although certain endocrinological or neurological syndromes, including Praeder Willi, Klinefelter’s, Frohlich’s, Lawrence Mood Biedl, Klein-Levin, and Mauriac syndromes, can lead to overweight - and although these syndromes are often tested for, especially in the cases of childhood obesity - less than 5 percent of obesity cases result from these ‘endogenous’ factors,” (TPC). Still, no matter what the reason may be, childhood obesity in the United States is a problem that is on the very verge of becoming an epidemic, and it is of the utmost importance that this problem be handled swiftly and with more urgency and dedication than ever before. For its not just that we want all children within the United States to be able to play along with their fellow children, without fear of not being picked, or embarrassed at the spot they were picked; yet it is a matter of a active, healthy, and social lifestyle that will not only lead to success in their early youth, but will eventually reflect on their ability to achieve their goals as they proceed into their teenage years, and the ensuing adulthood. Exemplified most within the culture of the United States today, in both adult and child, is the stigma of the ability to gain access to something quicker, faster, and easier then ever before. The object desired must be obtained immediately and without delay. The very strange thing about this notion however, is that the more haste our wants become, the more sedimentary we become in return. “Historically, physical activity was not something one set out to do; it was simply part of life. In fact, Thomas Philipson and Richard Posner argue that the long-run rise in obesity can be traced to technological changes that have made work much more sedentary,”
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course ANTHROPOLO 2 taught by Professor Walsh during the Spring '09 term at UCSB.

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