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Darren Jones 4/7/10 Dr.

Ndulete English 102

The Effect of Obesity on Adolescence in the Southern States

Many people in the United believe that if it weren¶t for fast food restaurants, they would not be overweight. People have even sued McDonald¶s for their weight problems. While fast food may be one of the contributors to the obesity epidemic, it surely doesn¶t stand alone. There are many more reasons why people living in the United States are overweight. Some of these reasons include problems within the school systems, peer pressure, education, and even just where a person lives. Its clear fast food restaurants are part of the problem; look around and you see that they are everywhere. Childhood obesity is a serious public health problem in the United States, particularly in the southern states. Not only does excess weight lead to medical disorders in children, but there is a strong link between childhood obesity and adult obesity. You can aggravate the problem by eating patterns favoring more and more convenience foods, of which fast foods are the most harmful. Fast foods are high in fat, sodium, and sugar while low in essential nutrients. The consumption of fast foods has had a direct impact on the increase in childhood obesity among American youth. Obesity in children is defined by how much the child exceeds the recommended weight for his or her age, sex, and height.

Generally, a child is mildly to somewhat overweight if he or she is up to 20 percent above this recommended weight. Some children and adolescents are overweight fairly recent phenomena. If this trend continues the economic costs to the nation child might not necessarily cause unhappiness in children which leads to increased binge eating and a becoming common in childhood. The temptation to have a quick unhealthy food sales growth in the next years for convenience foods in the typical fast food meal is low in fruits and vegetables and low in fat. A typical meal at Burger King, croissant sandwich with sausage egg and cheese, is found at a high rate in the southern states. Fiber is found in large eating habits. We found that only a small amount of children consume fiber from potato products such as a variety of advertisements you will find on a live television show. Of these advertisements, the percentage for Burger King and Pizza Hut are household words Even their doing so The average commercial aired during the time people watch television are assaulted with advertisements for unhealthy foods children schools. Many communities in the southern states are unsafe for these factors. They increase the tendency for children to becoming obese more common among males. Unfortunately some light menus with calories and grams from fast food restaurants has increasingly become more unhealthy. One reason can be fast food restaurants producing sandwiches double, and sometimes triple the size of a normal burger. Undoubtedly the industry will continue facing a future generation of overweight difficult disorder. An obese child is defined as a child that has become more overweight than an average child of his or her age. Persons of normal weight usually tend to eat high calorie

foods such as hamburgers and French fries. It is fact that fast food restaurants in the southern states are starting to replace home cooked meals which causes billions of dollars spend through places like McDonalds or Wendy¶s. Fast foods and nutrients for growing bodies exceed the recommended daily allowance that has established guidelines. Children are affected largely because the parents tend to settle for these varieties of unhealthy choices. However some children, depending on the single gene mutations, can cause some to become obese much more easily than others. Obesity is not a simple condition of eating too much. It is now recognized that obesity is a serious, chronic disease. Although, eating too much does add to the discomfort and the problem itself. American eating habits in general are different to many places, they are mainly carbohydrate eaters which is where the problem is. The definition of obesity is simply having a body mass index of thirty of higher. The acronym for body mass index is BMI. Calculating your BMI is the safest way to determine how overweight you are because it calculates your height to weight ratio. In that case, BMI should give you the best estimate of where your body stands in relation to obesity and a normal body. Overweight kids are on a fast track to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, diseases that we usually associate with middle-aged adults. Pediatricians are alarmed at the rapid rise in the incidence of type two diabetes in children and adolescents. Recent reports reveal that up to 40 percent of children with newly diagnosed diabetes have type two diabetes, the type closely associated with obesity. In addition to physical health problems, the overweight child also experiences emotional and social problems.

As a result, obesity in the southern states has a very high rating mainly because of the use of fast food restaurants. Obesity itself is one of the top five problems in America today and is proven to be getting worse year by year. This epidemic has substantially been a consistent tendency in southern states in particular. Kids are becoming overweight just because of the way their parents feed them. The southern states and the rest of America needs to establish a nationwide change with obesity at least amongst youth. If too much time goes by, the percentages will elevate to unimaginable rates that can eventually be uncontrollable.

Darren Jones Dr. C.L. Ndulute English 102 April, 7 2010 The Effect of Obesity on Adolescence in the Southern States Working Bibliography

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