By: Victoria Northington
Christopher Newport University Senior | Biology Major
Many times, when we talk about diet and exercise, the conversation is targeted towards adults. However, with all the McDonalds, Burger King, and Chick-fil-a ads that are running during daytime television, we may need to be talking to children and adolescents as well. Parents often say, “oh that’s just baby weight, they will lose it as they age.” Sorry to break it to you but that NOT baby weight anymore. It is Wendy’s 4 for 4 weight and the only way for it to go away is a little movement. In this new age of technology, kids are more likely to sit inside and play video games for 1-4 hours uninterrupted! It is obvious that children need to get out there and exercise just as much as the adults do.
Child obesity is a serious problem here in the United States. Between the years of 2011-2014, the CDC determined that 8.9% of children between the ages of 2-5, 17.5% of children between the ages of 6-11, and 20.5% of 12-19 year olds were obese (Department, 2017).
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