The Global Childhood Obesity Epidemic
Globally 1 in 10 children are obese, but the epidemic is not attainment the attention it warrants, according to new metrics by GLOBALHealthPR, which measured the online conversation rates for childhood obesity.
Food Advertising and Childhood Obesity
American children spend 44.5 hours a week watching television and are exposed to up to 30,155 TV ads a tear! 50% of these ads are for candy, snacks, sugary cereal and fast food, so it’s no surprise that Americans spend nearly $6.5 billion on holiday candy every year and 1/3 of American children are overweight or obese.
The childhood Obesity Epidemic
Since 1980, childhood obesity rates have tripled. If the current trend continues, more than 86% of adults in the United States will be overweight or obese by the year 2030. But how did we get so big so quickly?
Stop Childhood Obesity
Environment also plays a key part in childhood obesity. Today, children spend more time inside watching TV or playing video games rather than playing outside or exercising. Since they are not moving around and burning off the calories and fat they ingest, children begin to gain weight rather than lose it.
The Weight of Childhood Obesity
The 1/3 children are obese or overweight and the 1/5 children are obese or overweight by the time they enter school. From 1999-2008, the percentage of youths with diabetes or “prediabetes” increased from 9 to 23.