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APA CitationTL 2004November15 Why Our Kids Are Overweight Sports Illustrated P84 Retrieved November 21 2004 from httpproquestumicom Summary The article discusses reasons why children in the United States are heavier than ever before as of 2004 Such As Geography In the latter half of the 20th century Americans increasingly moved from city neighborhoods to suburbs Kids stopped walking and riding their bicycles and got into cars Routine forms of exercise were lost Fear Children who were inclined to leave their homes to play were discouraged by parents who were fearful of abduction Hardworking Parents The increase in the number of two-income households has left kids stranded in after-school and extended day-care programs Before children were outdoors burning calories The Soccer Myth Organized youth teams have exploded--particularly in soccer--but youngsters who join them play only a couple of days a week and get a fraction of the exercise they need often standing around awaiting their turns in static drills Emphasis on Test Scores Cash strapped schools frightened by No Child Left Behind mandates have shifted resources and class time from phys ed to prepping students for standardized tests Fast Food Moms baked potato has been replaced by a super sized order of fries cooked in beef fat Soft-drink machines have been lodged in high school hallways Technology First came television followed by cable and digital and hi-def Video games evolved from Pong to Tomb Raider Finally came the Internet and the IM monster Children sit and click A Family Trait The children of overweight people are often overweight themselves and more than 64 of US adults are overweight When I read this is reminded me of the essay I did on childhood obesity in high school except when I read this it had more reasons than I found back when I did my research I think that there should be more of these essays so parents can talk to their children and understand all the pressures
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