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09/18/2023 – “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month” By Kaylee McGrath

Opening Statement:

This specific awareness is an excellent opportunity for parents to learn more about how they can help their children’s health, prevent obesity or stopping it. Everyone should be continuously focused on ways to prevent childhood obesity which can lead to other life-threatening issues later in life. National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is an awareness dedicated to educating children and their families on how to prevent childhood obesity. Educating as well as the opportunities for families, schools, and communities to share information about their plans and events aimed at educating children on how to deal with health issues such as obesity.

History Of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

· For good reason, childhood obesity has been dubbed “one of the most serious public health challenges of the twenty-first century.” Obesity puts a child at risk for a variety of medical issues later in life, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and joint problems. The purpose of this awareness is to educate the nation on obesity and encourage people to join in efforts to help children overcome this disorder.

· The Surgeon General’s office in the United States was established in 1870, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that childhood obesity became a priority. The Surgeon General issued a report in 1963 that linked smoking to lung cancer and heart disease. The report also identified obesity as a significant public health issue; however, it was overshadowed by smoking-related issues at the time.

· It wasn’t until recently that there was a heightened awareness of childhood obesity. The first case of type-two diabetes in a child was reported in 1980. This was concerning because type-two diabetes was thought to be an adult-only illness. The Surgeon General issued a warning to Americans about the rise in childhood obesity in 2000. By 2006, over 25 research studies on childhood obesity had been conducted to better understand and combat it.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Timeline:

1870 - The U.S. Surgeon General's Office

It is established to collect information about the causes of death and diseases in the U.S.

1960s - On the Radar

Childhood obesity is finally viewed as a serious issue.

1980 - Type-Two Diabetes in a Child

The first case in a child occurs and it’s concerning because most people believe that this illness can only be contracted by adults.

2006 - Research Takes Place

Over 25 research studies are conducted on childhood obesity to find ways to better understand and combat it.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Frequent Asked Questions:

1. How Does Childhood Obesity Affect the Economy?

The estimated costs of obesity-related illnesses in the United States, including childhood obesity, are $190.2 billion or nearly 21% of annual medical spending.

2. What Roles Should Schools Play in Addressing Childhood Obesity?

Schools can help prevent obesity among students by offering healthy choices in the lunchroom, limiting the marketing and availability of sugary drinks, and making water available to students throughout the day.

3. What Is the Cause of Childhood Obesity?

Inactive lifestyles, unhealthy eating habits, and a lack of parental supervision are all factors that contribute to childhood obesity. There is also concern about the rise in popularity of video games among children and teenagers, which may be contributing to their obesity.

5 Important Facts About Childhood Obesity:

· One In Six Children Are Affected

More than 12.7 million American children have obesity — that’s almost 20% of all children aged two to 19.

· Overweight Children Become Overweight Adults

Obese children are much more likely to become obese adults, as well as develop life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

· Your Ethnicity Affects Your Likelihood of Obesity

Obesity affects approximately 48% of non-Hispanic Blacks, 42% of Hispanics, 36% of non-Hispanic Whites, and 12% of non-Hispanic Asians.

· Childhood Obesity Can Lead to Depression

Children who are overweight are much more likely to be bullied than their normal-weight peers.

· Snacking Adds an Additional 200 Daily Calories

Kids snack a lot, especially when they're watching T.V. or playing video games, and one study found that children consume about 200 extra calories per day.

Why National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Is Important

· It Promotes Healthy Eating Habits

The holiday promotes healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. This will help kids reach a healthy weight for their age, height, and gender.

· It Encourage Parents

It encourages parents to be role models for their children by eating healthy foods, being physically active, and limiting screen time. Plus, it gives parents the information they need to make informed decisions on raising healthy kids.

· It Educates Parents

This month educates parents about the importance of fruits and vegetables. It also teaches them how to eliminate sugary drinks from their children’s diets.

Closing Statement:

It is so important to get child obesity under control not only in the US but also throughout the world. Healthy babies will grow into healthy children, and then into healthy adults. If we can accomplish this, it will make for a healthy world.

Source of Information: Various Google Searches

Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Well!

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