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Why Are Childhood Obesity Rates Still Increasing?

Why Are Childhood Obesity Rates Still Increasing?

I read this article about how, people thought the childhood obesity rates were plateauing,

But actually, scientists found that the rates are stillllll, increasing.

This is alarming! 

And I really do not understand why This epidemic is not talked about more!

Why aren’t we doing more?

All I can think about is how many “before” Me’s there are…

And how they’re feeling..

And what they’re thinking..

Because I know I wasn’t feeling good, or thinking good thoughts either.

I know my story is/can be different than others,

But what’s all facts and the same: Obesity is not healthy.

Not just physically, but mentally, nor emotionally either.

Obesity is being easily susceptible to other life-threatening health issues like Depression, Heart Attack, Stroke, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Coronary Artery Disease, Coronary Vascular Disease… the list goes on.

The next generation is not healthy, and that should concern us all.

Because that means the next generation will die younger.

They discovered that between 2014 and 2016, obesity among preschool boys rose from 8.5 percent to 14.2 percent and that the rate among girls aged 16 to 19 increased from 35.6 percent to 47.9 percent.

In addition, teenagers of both genders aged 16 to 19 had the highest rates of obesity out of any age group in 2016—more than 41 percent of them were classified as overweight.

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Obesity is more than being “lazy”, and “not feeling like it.”
Obesity is more than “eating too much.”

Obesity is not having access to safe, fun, open areas to play outside. It’s a sedentary lifestyle.

Obesity is not having access to healthy food. Whether in distance or financially. Or not being aware of eating habits that lead to a long life of wellness.

Cultural differences in diet and relationships with food could also be a factor.

Though there are limitations, as with any study, the point I’m focused on,

Is that the trend of childhood obesity is STILL a silent trend.

Posting for awareness.

And I am prayerful for action, because monitoring the trend is not enough. 

To read the full article on The Chronicle @ Duke University, click here.

To read to full study titled: “Prevalence of Obesity and Severe Obesity in US Children, 1999–2016” featured in Pediatrics Feb. 2018 journal, click here. 


Peace and blessings✨,

Paige Blessman // P. Rocka




3 thoughts on “Why Are Childhood Obesity Rates Still Increasing?”

  • Nice writing, and good that you are shining light on this topic. It’s important to understand that the solution to this problem goes beyond diet to nutritional “fitness”. It’s not just what we eat, it’s how we eat, when we eat, why we eat as well. There are also other domains that are contributing; mental Fitness, physical fitness, and most importantly social fitness. Google Blue Zone Project at http://www.TED.com.

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