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Childhood and Adulthood Obesity
In June of 2013, The American Medical Association (AMA) officially recognized obesity as a disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (2014), one in three Americans are obese, from 1980 to 2008, obesity rates have doubled for adults and tripled for children, approximately 35.7% of U.S adults and 17% of U.S. children are obese. The purpose of this paper is to inform the reader of the increasing prevalence of obesity in the world; that childhood and adulthood obesity is a chronic condition that leads to many other long term health problems and there are many different ways it can be prevented.
In recent years, childhood obesity has become a public health concern, both in the U.S. and worldwide. According to Hopkins, DeCristofaro, and Elliott (2011),
Because of an increasing population of obese children, the World Health Organization (WHO) has even labeled this global epidemic as ‘globesity’. Obese children are at risk for many comorbid conditions that can begin in childhood, continue into adulthood, and are associated with de…
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