Here’s Why Obesity Is The Primary Health Threat Facing American Children

Here’s Why Obesity Is The Primary Health Threat Facing American Children


What are the biggest threats to America’s children? While there’s a long list to choose from, you’ll often hear people mention firearms, failing schools, and Facebook (as well as other social media tools). The biggest long-term threat to the health and well-being of American children, however, may be something else altogether: food. More specifically, the highly processed, sugar-laden concoctions that, along with sugar-sweetened beverages, have become fixtures in the diets of American adolescents.

The result is a sad – and shocking – fact: nearly one in five American children under the age of 19 are obese, according to the CDC, meaning they have a body mass index of 30 or higher (25 or above is considered overweight). For example, a 12-year-old boy who is 5’5” and

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