Deborah P. Stephens
Ashford 3 – Week 5 Assignment - ENG122: English Composition II (AFE1228B)
Instructor Melissa Eidson
August 13, 2012
What is and what does Childhood Obesity mean? Childhood Obesity is now a widespread ever growing problem for children of all backgrounds, not only in the United States but in other countries throughout the world. Obesity means that you are overweight, having access body fat for a particular height from fat, muscle and bone. Obesity in children is a result of having taken in too much food high in calories. When children tend to over-eat foods or are snacking excessively in high calories, fatty, salty foods that are low in nutrients constantly throughout the day and even at night, or on junk foods like fast foods such as hamburgers, french fries, ice cream shakes filled with lots of calories, potato chips, candy, cakes, etc., they become high risk candidate to become obese children. While some children are still infants, parents have a tendency of allowing their children to eat and drink excessively without putting them on a planned eating schedule which results to their child becoming obese. By the time 2-5 year old children get to the preschool age, they are now obese. As per the International Journal of Obesity, some studies show that over 20 - 25% of preschool children are already overweight due to early over eating. “Epidemiological findings point to even earlier modifiable risk factors, including gestational weight gain, maternal pre-pregnancy weight, and formula feeding” (LL Birch and AK Ventura, 2009). Some children that are in grade school are exposed to sugar drinks, snacks and less healthy foods during the day if their school is not on some sort of healthy food program.
To help make sure children do not grow into being obese, parents and responsible adults need to help children eat a well-balanced meal with nutritious food that is good and healthy for them, not allow...