This cartoon of a boy has stereotypes of the American child that certainly don’t apply to every 10 year-old boy living in this country. However, childhood obesity is a huge problem today. It has been predicted that the generation of children today are likely to die at a younger age than their parents will, due to not enough physical activity and too much unhealthy food being shoveled into their mouths.
The fast-food cup in the boy’s left hand is most likely filled with a sugary soft drink that he refilled twice at Burger King. Based on the size of this child’s stomach, his first choice at the fountain drink machine probably isn’t ice water or crystal light lemonade. The controller in the other hand indicates that he isn’t about to play outside with his friends on the jungle gym or play pickup basketball at the middle school. Children today are far more interested in playing indoor activities such as video games or even just wasting their day away surfing the Internet. Either way, this boy is consuming many calories and the only ones he burns off are the ones he uses to turn the TV and the Nintendo on, and then a few more from moving the joystick around.
His big glassy confused eyes and gaping mouth indicate that he probably is not at the top of the class and it can be assumed that he doesn’t know what is going on in the real world once the games and the food are out of the way. I’m sure he goes to school, based on national laws that require children to attend school, but he probably doesn’t pay much attention unless it’s lunchtime. Unhealthy foods are proven to negatively impact the ability of children to focus and get good grades in school. Lack of physical activity also hurts the brain’s ability to function.
The most noticeable aspect of the image is the bulging unsightly tummy protruding between blue jeans and a tiny american flag tee shirt. If his weight and size don’t decrease soon, this child is doomed to have a life full of health complications both physically and mentally. Childhood obesity is a problem in the United States and more parents need to get on board with eating healthy meals and being more active.