Society plays a large role in contributing to this problem. Reasons such as an increase in violent behavior in urban neighborhoods and decreased real estate for physical activity along with pressures related to education have created a habitual decrease in the amount of exercise and proper eating behaviors among children in the United States. The time spent by children using and watching electronic media such as television and video games have increased. Studies have also shown that watching television lowers the children’s metabolic rates below what they would be even if they were sleeping.
The lack of physical activity is another potential factor in the obesity epidemic. The practice of walking and cycling once one of the best and simplest known ways to exercise has now been set aside. Reasons given are the loss of public spaces where such activities can be practiced and loss of safety on public roads (P M Hardus, 2004).
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