Spenser Barnard, Nick Sefcik, Greg Beachy, Matt Ridenour


Obesity is growing epidemic in the United States, effecting more then 30 percent of children and making it the most common chronic disease of our youth. Eight out of ten people over the age of 25 are overweight in this country, 78 percent of the American population doesn't meet basic physical activity level recommendation. Physical activity needs to be more of a concern, cause our students need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

In the last 20 years the childhood obesity rate has jumped from 5.6% to 17.6%. This is an alarming situation that our youth are becoming unhealthy quite early. Students in elementary schools and up are not receiving adequate amounts of physical activity. It is very important that all students receive at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, whether it be in or outside of school. In physical activity it is important that students reach they're target heart rate, this allows them to lose weight while improving cardiovascular endurance. Another aspect of the childhood obesity epidemic is that of nutrition, eating properly sets the tone in the early years that can help eliminate this problem. Schools and communities are working together to rid the school systems of fattening food that is being served to the students, the school are replacing these foods with nutritional foods and juices to help make our youth healthier. Another problem that compliments the nutritional overlook is that of fast food, with the way our society is today fast food is very prevalent and very easy for these children to get ahold of. As these children age they will begin to run into health risk factors due to obesity, they include; heart disease, diabetes, depression, cancer, high cholesterol, and soreness in joints. The aspect of obesity is not just one in our nation but globally where over 1 billion adults are obese, and 22 million children under the age of 5 are obese.

There are many different factors that contribute to obesity. America needs to start to worry about the children and teaching them good habits to stay physically fit. We also need to teach our children about proper diet and nutrition habits, to start teaching them healthy lifestyle practices. Efforts need to be made to inform todays children about the health risks and factors that are related to being overweight. With proper education at an early age its is possible to attack obesity at the source and greatly reduce health problems associated with obesity.

Article Edited by: Lauren A., Amy T., Adrienne T., Abigail P., Jeannette M.

Spenser’s Notes
· http://www.annecollins.com/obesity/statistics-obesity.htm
There are 58 million Americans overweight, 40 million obese Americans, and 3 million morbidly obese Americans. Eight out of ten people over the age of 25 are overweight in this country. 78% of the American population does not meet basic physical activity level recommendation. There has been a 76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults between the ages of 30-40 since 1990.

There is a fine line between being overweight and obese, this is determined by ones BMI (Body Mass Index). A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight, while a BMI of 30 or greater is considered to be obese.

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Matt's Notes

Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in the Unied States, it is affecting more than 30% of children, making it the most common chronic disease of our youth. If obesity is legt go it can lead to many health risks such as; heart diease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, and cancer. Aside from the clinical perspective, chldren who are obese face social discrimination, leading to depression. This is a growing problem throughout our nation, and with help may some day become under control.

Greg's Notes

Physical Activity
Today obesity is becoming a huge deal in American children and the best way to prevent this is with daily physical activity. Children are recommended to get 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day. They should get aerobic exercise everyday and muscular strengthen and bone strengthen each 3 days a week. And the best way to monitor if a child is getting enough exercise, is by watching how hard they are breathing or if they can’t have a conversation with you cause they are breathing to hard. Many benefits come from being physically active. The benefits are:
· Control your weight
· Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
· Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
· Reduce your risk of some cancers
· Strengthen your bones and muscles
· Improve your mental health and mood
· Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you're an older adult
· Increase your chances of living longer

Nicholas's Notes

In today's society, obesity is a big issue and is continuing to get worse. It is starting at a very young age and this is where the issue needs to stop. Parents need to take ownership of their child's health because it is the future health of the child . The parent can watch what the child eats and make sure the child participates in physical activity. There are also many overweight adults as well. The two main ways to stop obesity is the eat healthy and the have physical activity in ones weekly schedule. More than 1 billion adults are overweight globally. An estimated 22 million children under the age of 5 are obese, and the percentages of other children up to age 17 are increasing at a dramatic rate. These numbers are astonishing. Obesity is not a healthy lifestyle. Most obese people are obese because of lack of physical activity and it can lead to many health problems and one major one is heart disease and diabetes. One point one million suffer from heart attacks and 17 million suffer from diabetes. Of those 17 million that have diabetes, 90-95% is type 2 which is related to overweight and obesity.