Child Obesity and Thanksgiving

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With child obesity on the rise and Thanksgiving over, indulgent parents and concerned dietitians are currently in a debate over the controversial issue of portion control and holiday freedom.

The United States has been called the land of excess. Access to any fried food or sugar coated tasty, with so many options a partaker in holiday delights may lose any restraint.

A majority of professional concern has been directed at young children.
From ages 12-19 in the united states, 21% of minors are obese. This is a serious issue that can bring about a great deal of health risks

But, what is the cause of this? Food companies point an accusatory finger at parents, and parents direct the blame back at the companies. Some parents have taken to suing known brands for their production of unhealthy foods.

Companies reply to parents saying they did not force the food upon the child, that is the fault of the guardian. Going even further one could look at the responsibility of high schoolers and managing their health.

For any high schooler, the opportunities for unhealthy food choices lay in wait everywhere. From the puffy Cheetos, to the monster energy drinks, any high schooler is at risk for health problems that come with obesity. While any teen may claim immunity to weight gain by being a member of a after school sport, Fall sport players are at great risk to unhealthy choices.
Looking to the calendar one will see an onslaught of holiday foods come one after the other. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The big honcho being Thanksgiving, football players beware. Looking to the general eating habits of many physically active teens, one will see a vast amount of food consumption.

But, all the food is stored as much needed energy on the field. When a football player’s season ends, one should be cautious in eating habits and physical activity. During the month of November, one should be aware of the many dangers the season of thanksgiving brings around.Thankful for Healthy HabitsPhoto by: Erin McGowan