Childhood Obesity: Mental and Emotional Issues

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Childhood Obesity: Mental and Emotional Issues
Amber Allen
ENG 122
Instructor: Katie Newbanks
TA: David Surratt
January 15, 2012

Childhood Obesity: Mental and Emotional Issues
Childhood obesity is a rapidly growing issue in the United States of America. Children see the world differently than adults. Many see children that were of average height and weight in grade school but as they reached junior high and high school they begin noticing the changes other kids had gone through. Some of them look too thin but others find themselves at the opposite end of the spectrum. Over time, they become overweight and can barely carry themselves to classes. For many students, they have regular doctor appointments, trips to the school nurse for medications, and a few even have surgery before they are 16. These types of struggles can cause mental and emotional issues, especially in young children and teens therefore they struggle with self-esteem, confidence, and some even convince themselves that they aren’t smart or beautiful because of their weight. Self-esteem is having pride in yourself, who you are and where you want to go in life. Many overweight children and teens struggle with acquiring the self-esteem they deserve. In 2003, Robert I. Berkowitz, the medical director of the University of Pennsylvania’s weight and eating disorders program, found that one in seven U.S. children were obese. This researcher found that kids who are obese have mood and self-esteem issues. In research performed in 2008, researchers discovered that obesity among children increased from approximately 10.0% in 1988 to as high as 19.6% in 2008 (Ogden, 2008). This very drastic increase has been a struggle for children for the last twenty years. As research has continued, they have found many important factors and differences in the history and physical examinations of patients with two different types of obesity; idiopathic and endogenous. Patients with idiopathic obesity consist of more...
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