America is currently in the grip of an epidemic that threatens the health of future generations. The CDC reports that, as of 2008, nearly 20 percent of U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 11 and 18 percent of teenagers were obese.
Over the past three decades, the rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled. If this trend continues, experts predict 86 percent of the nation’s adults will be overweight or obese by the year 2030.
Obesity has both short-term and long-term effects on the health and well being of children, subjecting them to a wide range of psychological issues and health problems.
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