Childhood obesity is a complex and serious societal issue. It effects multiple generations, demographics and ethnic groups. There is not one single culprit for this epidemic, instead there are various reasons that all work together to contribute to this issue. Environment, genetics, medical conditions, psychological issues lifestyle as well as income are just a few of the causes that contribute to this epidemic. Although the obesity rates amongst children have risen in the past decade, there have been numerous efforts made to combat this issue. Healthy lunch programs, more nutrition education in and out of schools and numerous efforts to provide better lifestyle and food choices are all positive advances in the right direction. This paper is designed to explore all these topics in depth and provide statistical data to support the causes and effects associated with childhood obesity. Through hard work, dedication and better lifestyle choices this epidemic can be dramatically decreased and hopefully eliminated.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2017

Senior Project Advisor

Veronica Russell

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Human Services

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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