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    • Chapter 1 Introduction – Nature of the Problem Children in the United States are fighting a battle for their health. More than 110 million children are overweight or obese (Crouse, 2010). According to the National Center for Chronic Disease...
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    • Chapter 2 Literature Review The United States is facing a health crisis that affects the future of its children. The epidemic is childhood obesity. The quickly rising childhood obesity rates are a matter of national concern. First Lady Michelle...
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    • Table 1 Percentage of Obese Children in 1980 and 2008 Year Ages 6 to 11 Ages 12 to 19 1980 6.5% 5.0% 2008 19.6 % 18.1% In his book, Complete Guide to Family Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Dr. Paul C. Reisser explains, Excess weight is more than a...
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    • The Causes of Childhood Obesity Thirty years ago, eating fast food was rare and snacking between meals was an occasional treat. Children ate meals prepared at home with regular portions and vegetables. Most kids walked to school, played at recess,...
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    • predictor of whether their children will be obese as an adult. In fact, parents’ weight is a stronger predictor of future obesity than the child’s present weight. It is three times more likely for children to be obese if one parent is obese than...
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    • obesity rates (Crouse, 2010). According to the Institute of Medicine, food advertising directly effects what children choose to eat (Rimm, 2004). On average, ten food commercials are shown during one hour of television. Most are for soft drinks,...
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    • The solution is to fight obesity with healthy eating and exercise in a slow and steady process, without overemphasizing the risks, placing undue pressure on, or demeaning the child. Lindsey Hickman, the mother of two sons who struggle with...
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    • References Abramovitz, M. (2004). Diseases and disorders: Obesity. Farmington Hills, MI: Lucent Books. Amen, D. G. (2010). Change your brain change your body: Use your brain to get and keep the body you have always wanted. New York, NY: Harmony...

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