Today one in three children in the US is overweight or obese and that number is estimated to continue rising. Some studies have even compared the quality of life of severely obese children to the quality of life of a child with cancer! This is a shocking comparison but shows the potentially devastating effects of childhood obesity. As society has evolved our lifestyles have changed. Today people are consuming more calories and physical activity now consists of getting up from the couch to go to the fridge. Because of this and a host of other factors childhood obesity levels are soaring. Childhood obesity presents a significant problem because children who are obese are more likely to be obese when they are adults. Obesity is also linked to numerous chronic health diseases and is related to increasing healthcare costs. The time for the government to act is now before the rates increase further and we reach the point of no return!
Read my report to learn more about the issues with childhood obesity, the causes, the government’s role and recommendations on what can be done.