Childhood Obesity an American epidemic
Hope Jenkins COM1010 P05 Instructor Suzan November 24, 2012 Topic: Childhood Obesity General Purpose: To inform Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about childhood obesity. Thesis: Showing statistics of childhood obesity, the effects of it, and the steps that parents could take to reduce their kid(s) chances of becoming obese. Delivery Plan: When giving my delivery plan, I plan on speaking from my heart, maintain eye contact with my audience while speaking in a serious tone voice since this is a serious subject matter.
I also intend on staying focus on the main points at hand, and using good upper body gestures that will be effective when delivering my speech; instead of standing completely still. l. Introduction: A. Attention Getter: according to eatright. org obesity affects one in every three American children ranging from the ages of 2-19, effecting both boys and girls of all race and ethnic groups. B. Importance: It’s an appalling wake up call to realize that we all are in danger of raising the first generation of American children in history who will experience shorter life expectancies than we as their parents would.
C. Credibility: According to stop-childhood-obesity. com, obesity rates have tripled the past 30yrs and have become an American epidemic, in which children follow the lead of American adults who are on record as the heaviest population group in the world with 65% of adults suffering from obesity. D. (Body) I want to share what childhood obesity means, because in order to understand it, you have to know what it means and the effects it could have on children and some suggestions that could help reduce kid(s) chances of becoming obese. 1.
First I will inform you about what obesity means with regards to children and list some statistics of childhood obesity in America. 2. Secondly I will inform you about what might be some causes and effects of childhood obesity. 3. Thirdly, I will share with you some suggests that could help reduce kid(s) chances of becoming obese. ll. I want to share with you the meaning of obesity amongst children and some statistics of childhood obesity in America. 1. Obesity is defined as an abnormal accumulation of body fat that has an adverse effect on someone’s health.
To put in simple terms, it basically means you are carrying around too much fat. 2. Obesity is a result of caloric imbalance, basically meaning that children are consuming more calories than they are using and are becoming obese as a result. According to the 2012 Heart Association Statistical Fact Sheet: 3. In order for a child to be considered obese there BMI (Body Mass Index) must be equal to or greater than the 95th percentile, meaning they have too much body fat. 4. Statistics show that in the 95th percentile among children ages 2–19, about 1 in 6 are obese in the CDC growth charts which all boys make up 17. % and all girls 15. 9% of that percentile; Approximately 12. 5 million. 5. 70 to 80 percent of overweight children eventually become obese adults. 6. More than 25% of all U. S. healthcare costs are associated with obesity and inactivity. Transition: Now that we have covered the meaning of obesity amongst children and some statistics of childhood obesity in America I will like to share with you some causes and effects of childhood obesity. A. There are many Children battling this daily; I want to share with you some causes and effects obesity could have on kid(s). According to weird strange facts. om 1. Poverty is considered a major cause of childhood obesity, due to the fact that fast food is way cheaper to purchase than fresh produce. a. children eating fast food all the time eventually end up with short/long-term health problems. 2. Another cause is children spending too much time participating in inactive activities such as laying on the couch watching television and playing on their computers. b. This results in kids having a poor diet, by them eating processed foods and sodas which are quicker for them to consume while they’re participating in inactive activities. . Lack of exercise is another important cause of obesity in children. c. The absence of exercise in children could lead them to have emotional problems due to bullying, shorter life expectancies than their parents, diabetes, eating disorders, asthma, and so many other effects. Transition: We have seen what causes and effects are associated with childhood obesity, so now let’s take a look at some suggestions experts say that could help reduce kid(s) chances of becoming obese. Experts of Healthrightusa. rg suggested these tips for parents to help reduce their kid’s chances of becoming obese: 1. Parents making lifestyle changes with their kids such as buying more healthy products instead of processed foods. 2. Cook it ourselves (for parents to cook their kid’s meal so that they can provide them with healthy choices). 3. For parents to participate in physical activities with their children such as walking, playing outdoor games (for example kickball, volleyball, etc. ). 4. For parents to add vegetables and fruits in their kid’s everyday menu. 5.
Guidance (for parents to make their kids aware of childhood obesity, so that they could guide them to eat right and exercise daily) 6. Cut down on getting fast food more than twice a week. 7. For parents to limit the amount of time their kids watch TV, play games, and all other inactive activities that will increase their kids risks of being obese. 8. Focus on good health, overall is another good step parents can do to help reduce obesity in their kids. III. Conclusion: A. Review of Main Points: 1. What obesity means with regards to children and statistics of childhood obesity in America. . Causes and effects of childhood obesity. 3. Suggestions parents can do to help reduce their kids becoming obese. B. Closure: I know most of us have a busy lifestyle, in which breaking habits such as feeding our kids fast food all the time and buying junk food are hard to break; but I hope that with this information you all will better understand the major risks factors that our everyday actions could have on our kids health. So I will end saying this, experts say that parents have the power to reduce obesity in their kids so I hope that this information informed you all on those things.
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