Battling Childhood Obesity Persuasive Essay by scribbler

Battling Childhood Obesity
A review of the literature on causes and solutions to the current epidemic of childhood obesity.
# 153051 | 2,974 words | 11 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper explores the literature on the contributing factors to childhood obesity and on solutions for a healthier nutritional intake for children, and includes a look at statistical data regarding childhood obesity. The paper discusses First Lady Michelle Obama's action plan to slow down the rate of children who are becoming overweight and obese and argues that parents, teachers, school administrators, healthcare professionals and other community leaders should rally around any local or regional campaign that seeks to educate parents and to implore schools to provide healthy food in the cafeteria. The paper asserts that without the support of families, communities, and schools, Michelle Obama's spirited and innovative campaign cannot possibly succeed.

Introduction - The Problem
Introduction - Contributing Factors
The Literature - Issues, Input, and Solutions
Literature - Solutions for Healthier Nutritional Intake for Children

From the Paper:

"Over the past thirty years childhood obesity has tripled in the U.S., according to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (a component of the Centers Disease Control and Prevention - CDC). Among children six to eleven years of age the obesity rate has increased from 6.5% of American children in 1980 to 19.6% of American children in 2008, the CDC reports. The obesity rate among adolescents between the ages of twelve to nineteen years has risen from 5% in 1980 to 18.1% in 2008. Obesity results from "caloric imbalance" - which means that too few calories are "expended for the amount of calories consumes" - and can lead to serious health problems, the CDC reports. Those specific health problems include cardiovascular disease (high cholesterol or high blood pressure) that can carry through into adulthood.
"Also, children and adolescents who are obese are at "greater risk" for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and psychological / social problems like stigmatization and poor self-esteem (CDC). There is also the high likelihood that an obese child will become an obese adult, the CDC reports, and with adult obesity comes the possibility of stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and osteoarthritis."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Center for Disease Control & Prevention. (2010). Childhood Obesity. Retrieved Dec. 11, 2010,From
  • Center for Disease Control & Prevention. (2010). Contributing Factors. Retrieved Dec. 11, 2010,From
  • Center for Disease Control & Prevention. (2010). Make a Difference: Key Strategies to PreventObesity / Get Started. Retrieved Dec. 11, 2010, from
  • Coleman, Mick. (2010). Engaging Families in the fight against the overweight epidemic among children. Childhood Education, 86(3), 150-157.
  • Lets Move. (2010). Childhood Obesity Task Force Unveils Action Plan: Solving the Problem ofChildhood Obesity Within a Generation. The White House. Retrieved Dec. 11, 2010, from

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"Battling Childhood Obesity" 02 May 2013. Web. 01 March. 2024. <>