Childhood obesity is a growing concern in the US, but very little is being done about it. Processed food and food additives are a major problem and are one of the main reasons for the uptick in childhood obesity, diabetes and many other chronic diseases. Consumers are often mislead by labels and packaging stating that foods are a healthy option when the opposite is the actual truth.
The fast pace lifestyle of the modern American family seeks the convenience of food choices over health due to overwhelming schedules and time restrictions.
Current CDC data states that:
Obesity prevalence was 13.9% among 2- to 5-year-olds, 18.4% among 6- to 11-year-olds, and 20.6% among 12- to 19-year-olds. Childhood obesity is also more common among certain populations.
Assessment of body mass index in children and teenagers is approached differently than for adults. Because growth patterns differ, BMI in youth is age and gender specific. BMI-for-age categories are: Underweight – Less than the 5th percentile; Healthy weight – 5th percentile to less than the 85th percentile; Overweight – 85th to less than the 95th percentile; Obese – Equal to or greater than the 95th percentile. Additional information about BMI-for-age is available from the CDC website.
This means that 1 in 5 are children are obese. The rate of childhood obesity has tripled since the 1970s. In Kentucky, the actual childhood obesity rate is 40% or 2 in 5 children ages 10-17.
Besides all the health issues associated with childhood obesity my main concern is the psychological issues. Childhood is suppose to be fun and
exciting. It is not a time is ones life that should be met with bullying, depression and body image issues.
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