Kids Eat Too Much Sugar
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Childhood obesity greatly increased in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6"11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to almost 18% in 2012. And what is the main cause of this fact? Unhealthy eating. To specify, the incessant amounts of sugar laced into our foods. Many food companies nowadays produce so much sugar in there drinks, and food products. An example is soda. Mountain Dew, a very sugary drink, contains 77 grams of sugar in a 20 ounce bottle! That's a lot! Because there is so much sugar in food and beverages, it makes them taste even more appealing to the tongue, which makes it more addicting. That's why kids eat too much of it.
Electronics are not necessarily the main cause. Sometimes, electronics can even motivate you to exercise. For example, you could watch videos on proper exercises. There are also apps and gadgets that would track your health.
If America did as much as they could, they would force companies to limit sugar amounts in their products, thus the products that we buy would be less sugary.
1) Genetics and Lifestyle
2) Decrease in daily exercise
3) Food consumption
1) Children do not notice they are obese, they don't realize the health concerns it has on them in the future. The main cause is their source of food, Their parents. Most obese children tend to have obese parents. its genetic. The children follow in their footsteps and learn the lifestyle they lived, unhealthy eating, smoking, alcoholism.. things like that. Its genetic that an obese woman will give birth to an obese infant.
2) Us Americans live in a virtual world, making it easy to spend around ten hours daily on an electronic. WE need to learn to spend that time outside and moving our body then sitting inside and just moving our thumbs. Your point about almost every adolescent being in a sport is true, but only during teenage years. Middle school and high school teenagers are the ones in the sports while elementary children are not.
3)The food children are eating nowadays isn't even food. We are consuming food like products. Whose to blame though? Why spend fifteen dollars on fruits and veggies that you have to cook at home when you can spend five dollars on five cheeseburgers that's ready at your car window in three minutes. The economy makes it extremely hard to be healthy. People can still be under the obese ranking by still eating this food and getting exercise and sunlight. Children have a high metabolism, meaning they can burn off food quick. The reason they're obese is because that part is forgotten. You need to burn off the calories to remain a healthy weight.
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