Childhood Obesity Introduction Obesity among children in Canada has attained the proportions of an epidemic. Over the past 25 years the incidence of childhood obesity has risen to the point of a threefold increase as evidenced from 1980-2005 ( Potestio & McLaren, 2008). The issue is that obesity is a risk factor for short- and long-term negative impacts on physical and psychosocial health. According to Haque and Rocha (2006), because the incidence of childhood obesity has escalated so much within a brief period of time, the rapid increase indicates that environmental factors rather than genetic causes are at work. Obesity affects children in a holistic manner in terms of cardiovascular problems, poor academic achievement, impaired...The end:
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