Twenty five percent of children in the United States are considered overweight (a category somewhat below obese), while eleven percent are obese (Dehgam 1). Of these, two out of every three grow up to be obese adults (Dehgam 1).
There are two basic causes to childhood obesity – and both are lifestyle causes. One is diet – children who eat food high in sugar and fat tend to put on weigh easily and have issues controlling hunger (CDC). The second is exercise – children are becoming more and more sedentary as time goes on, and thus do not use up the energy they consume.
School boards have taken up a number of initiatives to try to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity – things like having mandatory physical education, large amounts of outdoor times and so ...Show more