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Why is obesity such a concern in the United States

Why is obesity such a concern in the United States? You might think one more extra Twinkies can’t hurt, can it? But, it can.

II. State Topic: In today’s speech, I will inform you on childhood obesity.

III. Motivate Audience: If you understand childhood obesity rates, you will be understanding the meaning of obesity itself. And preventing obesity in childhood is very important.

IV. Establish Credibility: I have been studying and researching the topic of childhood obesity to present in my speech today.

V. Preview of main points: Today I will discuss basic information on childhood obesity, the factors that can possibly cause obesity in childhood, and the increasing rate on childhood obesity.

Transition: First, I will discuss basic information about childhood obesity.

Body

I. The term “obesity” defines the body mass index (BMI) of children and adolescents.
a. In the United States, Childhood obesity has become a serious health problem.
b. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, in 2016, almost “31% of children ages 10-17 were either overweight or obese”.

Transitions: Secondly, I will discuss the factors that cause obesity in childhood.

II. Many factors cause obese and overweight children and teens in the United States.
a. Unhealthy diet choices.
b. Lack of physical activity.
i. According to The State of Obesity, “91 percent of American children have poor diets and less than half get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity”.
c. Family genetic history.
d. Also, parents play a big role in childhood obesity. Especially working parents. They don’t have time to cook healthy meals or actively participate in physical activities with their children.
i. According to The Journal of Theory Construction & Testing, in 2015 many parents frequently lack the control of their children’s behavior.

Transition: Finally, I will discuss the increase in childhood obesity.

III. Childhood obesity levels in America is the fastest growing health concern.
a. According to the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), data show the number of overweight children and adolescent almost doubled from the 1970s and 2000s.

Conclusion
I. Signal Closure: In conclusion, Childhood obesity has become a public health crisis all over the United States,

II. Review Main Points: Today I discussed Childhood Obesity itself, factors that cause the obesity in childhood, and the increase in childhood obesity.

III. Closure: Childhood obesity in America needs attention. The children are our future. Sometime in the future some of you will have children and you will want to make sure they are healthy and active in their childhood.