Reducing Incidence of Obesity in American Youth: Revolutionize Modern Snacks

 
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The causes of obesity are multiple and complex with many causal contributors: cheap calorie-dense food, the glitzy marketing of super-sized portions, few sidewalks in urban environment making residents car dependent, students being bused to school rather than walking; dependence on computers for recreation and television entertainment are contributing barriers to a child having a healthy lifestyle - all fueling the obesity crisis. Much of adult obesity has its roots in childhood; in fact, the principal predictor of adult obesity is childhood obesity. Obesity is a chronic multidimensional problem and is not only a measure of the amount of body fat in an individual. The World Health Organization established a simple inexpensive and reasonably objective method of indirectly estimating total subcutaneous and visceral fat content referred to as body mass index (BMI). Being overweight (more than 20 pounds over ideal weight) during childhood and adolescence increases the risk of developing high cholesterol, hypertension, respiratory ailments, orthopedic problems, depression and Type 2 Diabetes. Hospital costs associated with childhood obesity were estimated at $127 million annually. Children and adolescents are eating more food away from home, drinking more sugar-sweetened drinks, and snacking more frequently than children five years ago. Convenience has become one of the main criteria for American’s food choices today, leading more and more people to consume ‘take-out’ and fast-food service or to buy ready-to-eat frozen meals to prepare at home. Fast food consumption is associated with inexpensive calorie-dense diets, and the price difference between the low-nutrient/ high-calorie foods and healthier foods continues to grow. First Lady Michelle Obama is leading with the banner calling for interventions against the increasing obesity trend among America’s youth. In a speech to congress, she stated that the obesity situation has become very serious, especially in black communities. She fears that today's children "might be the first generation in history on track to lead shorter lives than their parents."

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