Childhood Obesity in the U.S. Term Paper by Nicky

Childhood Obesity in the U.S.
A discussion about the growing problem of obesity among children in the United States.
# 144975 | 1,675 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper provides an overview on the extent of the current problem of obesity among children in the United States. The paper discusses the social and cultural influences that promote inactivity as well as the dietary issues that are to blame for this epidemic. The paper suggests preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the high rate of obesity. The paper also emphasizes that childhood obesity is an extremely serious social and healthcare problem.

The Extent of the Problem
Conclusion: Remedies and Solutions

From the Paper:

"It has now become a well known fact that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, as well as in many other developed countries throughout the world. This is a serious cause for concern as it has health as well as social and economic implications for the society. It has been estimated that obesity kills more Americans every year. One estimate is that in 1991 obesity killed 325,000 Americans and this figure has been increasing steadily since then. (Cohen, et al. 2001)
"However, what is even of greater concern among medical and healthcare professionals is the rapid increase in the last decade of overweight and obese children in the country. One reason for this concern is that it suggests that these children will experience health problems in later life and that this in turn will negatively affect the healthcare and economic situation in the country. For example, one study find that obesity among young children is "...the most common prevalent nutritional disorder of US children and adolescents, and one of the most common problems seen by pediatricians". (Childhood Overweight)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bar-Or, O. The Juvenile Obesity Epidemic: Strike Back with Physical Activity. 2003. December 1, 2008. <
  • Childhood Obesity - 2005 Update and Overview of Policy Options. December 1, 20008. <>
  • Child Obesity-What Can Schools Do? JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 72(2), 10. 2001.
  • Childhood Overweight. December 1, 2008. <>
  • Cohen, Deborah, Farley T. and Cohen D. (2001) Fixing a Fat Nation. December 1, 2008. <>

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