Childhood Obesity is Growing

Megan Lynn Mullins, Business Manager

Child obesity is a growing epidemic that has grown tenfold in the last four decades, numbers soaring from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016. It is affects every 1 in 19 children ranging from the age of 5 to 19. “Over the past four decades, obesity rates in children and adolescents have soared globally, and continue to do so in low- and middle-income countries,” said CNN news source, Majid Ezzati, professor of global environmental health at Imperial College London in the UK, who led the research. In the United States alone at least 25% the current adolescent population is obese and in turn will suffer the health consequences that come with being overweight.

Carrying extra fat has many detrimental health effects such as the increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, like heart disease and stroke. It also greatly increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels in adolescents. These health issues that can be acquired with holding extra fat greatly shorten the lifespan of the children suffering from this disease. Senior Kelsey Pearson said “ I think that child obesity is a problem that is growing to become even more evident within the children of Michigan City. It makes me upset because I know that the children will not only suffer from emotional trauma with being overweight but they will also suffer great health consequences in the future. There are many suspected reasons as to why child obesity has soared so greatly in the last 4 decades. The overall lifestyle of  a common worldly citizen has changed drastically with the access to fatty, carbo loaded, processed food becoming drastically easier and much cheaper. There is also much more down time in the lives of U.S citizens, on average they work less and tend to spend this extra time on electronics or other activities that do not require a great exertion of energy. This lifestyle is not only affecting the adults who choose to live this way but also the children who are in their care.These factors have greatly impacted the future of the U.S in a negative manner and will continue to have detrimental effect

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