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Argument Essay - Jackie Gragnola Mr. Fotinakes English...

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Jackie Gragnola Mr. Fotinakes English 134-52 November 20, 2008 Child Obesity: an Epidemic of Mass Proportions Everyday at amusement parks across the United States, people are told to remove themselves from the seats of the rollercoaster and exit the ride. The reason: they did not fit. Obesity has become an ever-increasing issue in America and there are many factors to blame for this epidemic. Besides the extreme power of the food industry’s advertising, it is the fault of the individual. Our behaviors are derived from the lessons we learn throughout the years of our lives. The first lessons we are taught are simply how to survive. Our parents give us food and shape our eating habits. However, there is a time in every child’s life when they are not with these adults that mold their nutritious ways. When children are in school, they are open to numerous new experiences. One of these experiences is school lunch. The problem with this adventure that the children embark on is that the foods that are served at schools do not always fit the health standards that are recognized as “nutritious.” This problem needs to be solved. The government should implement a committee to overlook the food plans at schools because the child obesity rates are increasing due to a lack of healthy foods available for school lunches and snacks. Healthy children become healthy adults, and a healthy change in adolescent diet can turn around the outrageous obesity epidemic in this nation. Obesity is a problem that affects a growing number of children in the US today. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Data from NHANES surveys (1976–1980 and 2003–2006) show that the prevalence of obesity has increased: for children aged 2–5 years, prevalence increased from 5.0% to 12.4%; for those aged 6–11 years, prevalence increased from 6.5% to 17.0%; and for those aged 12–19 years, prevalence increased from 5.0%
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to 17.6%” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). Children are unhealthier today than ever before. Many variables affect this epidemic. One place where children are inclined to eat junk food is in school, where the food industry is eager to promote their food to the easily-influenced youth. This presents a problem because obesity follows the individual. People who are obese or overweight as children are often plagued with obesity as adults. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that studies have shown that approximately 80% of children who were overweight when 10–15 years old were obese adults when they were 25 years old (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). In turn, these vulnerable children who give in to their
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