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ResearchPaper

KatieMorris
Block2
English12
ChildObesity

FromMcDonald'stoBurgerKingtoArbys,towhereverkindoffattyfoods
parentsfeedtheirkid,theyreputtingtheirchildinarisky,unhealthy,andawaiting
embarrassmentforthefuture.ChildobesityisaproblemintheUSbecauseparentsare
allowingtheirchildrentoeatwhatevertheywantandwhenevertheywant.Thereason
thistopiccaughtmyeyeandhadmeinterestedinthisproblemisbecauseIcannever
understandwhypeoplecanletthemgettothepointwheretheycantevenwalkupthe
stairswithouthuffingandpuffing.ItsnotonlyobesitythatImtalkingabout,itsalso
aboutinsecurityofpeople.Iplantoresearchfactsaboutthistopiclikethepercentageof
childrenwhoareobeseintheUSandcomparingobesityfrom2014topresent.One
waythatcouldhelpwiththisproblemwouldbeputtingadsoutforpeopletoshowhow
baditistostartoutobeseasachildandputpicturesoutandadsofwomenandmen
whohaslostweighttobeingveryfitbecausethatswhatmotivatesmeisseeingwhere
somepeoplehavegonefromobesetoamodelbody.Thatswhatmotivatesmeis
seeingotherpeopleturnthemselvesaroundsothatmakesmethinkIcantoo.
Childobesityhasincreasedthroughthepastyears.Eatingjunkfoodgives
kidshealthriskslikeincreasingchildrensriskofdevelopingtypelldiabetes,

hypertension,heartattack,andotherdiseases(
"
JunkFoodInSchools:AnOverview
"
).
Inadditiontothesephysicalhealthissues,therearealsomentalhealthissuesinvolving
obesityofchildren.Someofthementalhealthissuesaresuicide,anorexia,bulimia,
depression,bullyingotherstomakeyourselffeelbetter.Thesekidswhohavethese
maybebecausetheirweightloweredtheirselfesteem.KelseyMorrisissomeonewho
hasstruggledwithherweightforaverylongtime.Shestriedtomotivateherselftolose
theweightandbeinghealthier.Shewouldcrytohermomaboutherweightandthatshe
woulddoanythingtohavejustalittleweightonher,itdoesntevenhavetobeamodel
body,allshewantsistobeanaveragesizedperson.Sheisnowonaweightwatchthat
goesonherwristandtellsherhowmanycaloriesshesburnedthroughoutthedayand
ittellsherhowshesleepsalso.Sheisslowlyworkingonitnow,butshealsowishes
thatshewasmorecautiousthroughoutherchildhoodandwishesitwassoonerthatshe
wouldvedonesomethingaboutit.
OnewaytochangeobesityinkidsisbylimitingfastfoodslikeMcDonalds,
Arbys,BurgerKingandmanyotherfattyfoodrestaurants.Thiswouldgreatlyhelpout
childobesity,itwouldprobablybethebestwaytopreventchildrenfrombeingobese,
butthosearepeoplesbusinessesandalltheycareaboutisgettingtheirmoney.
McDonaldsgenerated$27,441,300billionrevenueintheyearendinginDecember31,
2014.Dividingthatwithhowmanydaysareinayear(365days),weapproximatelyget
around$75.18milliondollarseachday.Justthinkthatthatsinjustonedaythroughout
theworld.BurgerKing'saveragesalesandcommissionstowardscustomersis$201.13
billiondollarseveryyear.Overtheyearsthecompanieshaveincreasedwithpricesand

receivingmoney.From2009theamountofmoneyspentwithinayearwas$160.04
billiondollarsto2014with$201.13billiondollars.From2014to2015thesalesarestill
continuingtogoup.TheyearsMcDonaldshavebeenare:2009,$124billiondollars,
2010,$130billiondollars,2011,$$137billiondollars,2012and2014,$142billion
dollars,and2013,$143billiondollars(
McDonald's:adspendintheU.S.20092014
).
Theonlytimesomeoneshouldrecommendgettingfastfoodsiswhentheyreonaroad
triportravelingandneedtoeatsomething.InMcDonaldsregularcheeseburgerthere
are313calories,inalargefrythereare510caloriesandpop,dependingonwhatyou
drink,isalotofcaloriesalsoaddedon.Whentakenatfacevalue,dietsodaseemslike
ahealthconsciouschoice.Itsavesyouthe140pluscaloriesyoudfindinasugarysoft
drinkwhilestillsatisfyingyoururgeforsomethingsweetwithartificialsweetenerslike
aspartame,saccharin,andsucralose.Itconfusesyourbody(
10reasonstogiveupdiet
soda
).Thatwouldbeforonemealofthedayandalotofburningitofftodo.When
someoneeatssomethinggoodtheydonteventhinkaboutwhatisinitorwhatarethe
consequencesofitaftertheyeatit,scenarioofsocietyisthatpeopledontthinkbefore
theydosomething,becauseatthetimeitsagoodideatothem.
Anotherwaytochangechildobesityisbypushingchildrentoexercisemore
duringschool,outsideofschool,andduringtheirfreetime.Kidsdontwanttodo
anythingbuthavefunsoyoucanplayphysicalgameswiththemsothattheyget
exerciseandnotevenknowtheyareworkingout.Onemorewaytosolvethistypeof
problemwouldbegivingchildrenchoresandresponsibilitiessotheyarentsitting
aroundplayingvideogamesorgettingintotrouble.Parents,phyedteachersand

whoeverisaroundchildrenneedtostartpushingchildrentodomoreexercises.The
amountofattentionandfundingtobegiventophysicaleducationbyschoolsintheU.S.
Anyformofinstructionthatisdesignedtodevelopmotorskills,athleticability,and
overallbodilywellness(
"
PhysicalEducation:AnOverview
"
).PEcoursesarebecoming
lessofapriorityforalreadyoverburdenedschooldistrictsthatarestrugglingtocope
withfundingdifficultiesandwiththedemandsofacademicstandardsandtesting
(
"PhysicalEducation:AnOverview"
).Ifparentsdonotgivetheirchildrenexerciseor
responsibilitythenchildrenarejustgoingtobesittingonthecouchplayingvideogames
notgettinganysortofexerciseandtheydonotgetanykindofprogressdone.
Parentshavearesponsibilityalsobygivingchildrenguidelinesofwhatfoodsare
goodforthemandwhatfoodsthatarent.Somereasonsparentswhodontfollowthis
habitisbecausetheylikethejunkfoodandhowittastes,junkfoodischeaperthan
healthyfoods,someparentsmaynotbeabletoaffordhealthyfoodsand/ortheyre
carelessofwhattheyortheirchildreneat.Manyfinanciallypressedschooldistricts,
however,arereluctanttogiveuptherevenuegeneratedbyjunkfoodsales,whichcan
amounttotensofthousandsofdollarsannually.Teachingchildrenmoderationand
selfdisciplineintermsoftheirfoodconsumption,theybelieve,isamoreeffective
longtermstrategythanforbiddingaccesstojunkfood.Manypeoplewouldbeupsetif
theycutoffjunkfoodsbecausesomepeopledontcareabouthowlookandonlycare
abouthowfoodtasteswhentheyreeatingit.Parentsshouldstartgivingtheirchildren
moreresponsibilitiessothattheyarenotplayingvideogameswastingtheirlivesonan
animatedlife.Thiswouldbegivingtheparentsaneducationonwhatsbestfortheir

children.Notonlydoesgivingchildrenresponsibilitieshelpwithweightandlaziness,but
italsokeepskidsoutoftroubleandtheyremorelikelytobematurefaster.
Responsibilityforchildrenwillhelpthemthinkaboutwhattheyneedtodoinsteadof
whattheywanttodoanditwillkeepthembusy.Thiskindofresponsibilityforparents
mayhaveadownfall.Parentsmaynotagreewiththisstatementorparentsdontgive
timeorhavethetimetospendwiththeirchildren.

Mysolutionforchildobesityisthecombinationofchildrenexercisingmore,
settingthemselvesagoalandalsohavingparentsmotivatetheirchildrensothatthe
kidsdonthavetoworryaboutbecomingobese.Childrenshouldhavetheirmindseton
controlanddiscipline.Theyshouldlimitthemselvestofastfoodcorporations.Ifchildren
takebettercareoftheirbodiesandmakehealthierdecisionstheywillbecomemore
happyaboutthemselvesandhavelesschancesofmentalhealthissues.Overall,child
obesityisagrowingrateandweneedtotakeactionstodecreaseitsothattheirlives
arealoteasier.

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