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2  Defined as an excessive accumulation of body fat  Is present when: Boys: when total body weight is more than 25% fat Girls: when total body weight is more than 32% fat  Childhood obesity: weight-for-height in excess of 120% of the ideal, skin fold measures are more accurate determinants of fatness

3  Get a BMI done  BMI stands for Body Mass Index  Kids fall into either underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese categories

4  Greatest risk factor: obesity of both parents ( passed through genetics) If so occurs and rather or not the child chooses to follow that path, then health risks come into play making the obesity worse.

5  Lack of physical activity  Unhealthy eating patterns  Rare cases: is caused by a medical condition such as hormonal problem (blood tests and physical exams can be conducted to fnd this out)

6  Emotional ( problems at home, stress, teasing: relief from fattening foods)  Psychological ( mental issues)

7  1.) Diabetes  2.) High Blood Pressure (Children as young as 13years of age begin to have abnormal levels of cholesterol since they have carotid arteries  3.) Heart Disease  4.) Sleep Problems  5.) Cancer

8  1.) Liver Disease  2.) Early Puberty/ Menarche  3.) Eating Disorders (Anorexia and Bulimia)  4.)Skin Infections  5.) Asthma and other respiratory problems Most children who are over weight experience teasing from their peers which can lead to low self esteem and depression.


10  This affects everyone because the near future of America isn’t looking so bright if this continues. Though it will bring in more money for fast food restruants, the life expectancy of kids and adults are decreasing and will continue to until people get out and do something about it. Most kids who are obese now will end up being the same way as adults.

11  Child obesity is a health issue that has been increasing for the past 3 decades. In the past decade the obesity rate has gone up 10 percent in ages 18-29 years, 19 percent in ages 30-44 years, and 31 percent in ages 45- 65 years. As you can see if this health issue continues to increase without any restrictions in the nation or state, then in the next century there might not be such a thing as a healthy American. This is a risk factor that will not go away on its own that needs to be fixed. This is what could happen in the near future if obesity and overweightness is not decreasing soon.

12  12.5 million or 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese.  Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled.  Out of every seven low income pre- school kids,1 child is obese  Kids are getting more food away from home (fast food)


14  This is a national and a state problem because there is not a specific state or area that needs attention on this, it’s the whole country. It is not a problem of one place but the whole counrty’s.


16  Don’t reward kids for good behavior or try to stop bad behavior with sweets or treats  Don’t maintain a clean-plate policy: when kids say they are full, they are full!  Don’t talk about “bad foods”: its not going to do any good  Eliminate all sweets and fav. Snacks from kid’s diet: it’s for their own good!

17  Child obesity is an international problem around the world. But, there are ways to help decrease or eventually eliminate this problem. One solution that could help, are mandatory gym classes in school. Studies show that schools with mandatory gym classes have a slim to none ratio of overweight or obese kids. Only a few states in our nation have schools with these requirements and they are some of the healthiest states in our nation. Kids sit around 7 hours of a school day and a lot of kids do not even get gym class as a special or elective. If this were to happen in more schools, the health of Americas youth would increase more each year after starting this program,. This is just one of the solutions people can do to decrease of stop child obesity.


19  Actions such as preventing a heart attack with a plate for fish, a fruit salad, vegetable soup, or regular chicken can make a huge difference.Exercise, rather it's passing a football on the field with your friend, dancing till your heart's content, or going from walking your dog to your dog walking you can also make a huge difference. Eating healthy foods doesn't have to be as bad as you make it out to be. Eat healthy foods that you like. Find an exercise that's amazing to you and that you'll be able to do. Children don't have to be obese. It's rather they choose to eat the cookie or the apple. To play the video game or to play basket ball. It's their choice not ours. We can only provide them with healthy food and exercise equipment. Rather they use what we provide, is up to them.


21  Reduce sedentary time and encourage children more physical activity. Limit kids and help them avoid sitting in front of the t.v or computer for excessive periods of time. No more than 2 hours of screen time is good for kids. No screen time at all for kids 2 and younger for obvious health issues. Too much sendentary time can lead you away from physical activity. So prevent this from happening and encourage kids to get out and excersise.


23  The most important solution is educating students to know about these issues. If they don’t know about the issue, they wouldn’t know how to solve it. They need to know about the growing the problem so they can get out and do something about it.

24  Age 2-6: offer variety of healthy snacks to build good habits. Help kids stay active and help them biuld devolopment skills  7-12: encourage kids to stay active through school sports and activities at home. Let kids be involved in making good food choices.  13-17: we teenagers LOVE fast food but try to encourage us into making good food choices { even though it will be really hard to do so}  Limit screen time, serve variety of healthy foods, and encourage physical activity!

25  Is the second leading cause of death  In the last decade obesity rate has doubled  The high levels of cholesterol and high blood pressure, that are some of the main risk factors for development of heart diseases, are found in most of the obese children.  More than 70% obese adolescents retain their overweight and obese condition even during their adulthood.

26 Dear Representative Short, We are aware of how badly the issue child obesity is in our country. However do we all know how bad it is in our own schools? Obesity is determined by humans BMI (body mass index) and in our schools alone we see kids, whom which can barely walk up the stairs. The first stage of obesity includes emotional and psychological health risks. This can then lead to the second stage of obesity which includes having a greater risk for diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and some sleeping disorders. These aren’t even close to all the disorders children can get from being obese. In the past decade the obesity rate has doubled. It is also the second leading cause of death in America. If this continues, then the life expectancy would decrease. At a certain point, there might not be a thing as a healthy American. Fortunately, there are solutions to help decrease or minimize this problem. For example, mandatory gym class would let kids have more time to exercise in school. We could switch foods that cause extreme weight gain to simple healthier foods at school. An example would be to switch baked or fried food to something grilled or maybe even a fresh salad. We would like to add a “mile per week” program where kids have to run or walk a certain amount of miles during gym. More physical fitness choices can be provided for the students at school. Finally, kids need to learn about health risks and how serious obesity really is. If you start setting an example for a healthier life style, people will follow. Just think of all you could with a healthier school. You can contact us on our email: or The return address of this letter is 742 Hurley Park Dr. Seaford, DE 19973. Thank you for your time and consideration towards our topic. We look forward to hearing your Sincerely, Samantha Brown, Stephanie Wheatley, And Nayab Abid

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