What is obesity? Obesity is defined as having excess body fat. Obesity is a big problem in the United States, but one of the biggest problems with obesity is that it is becoming more common in children. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years; in 2008 more than one third of children were obese (cdc.gov). There are many causes and effects of childhood obesity, but we can simply fix these by encouraging kids to be active and eat healthy.
Many parents would like to say the reason why their children are obese is because of genetics but only in specific cases do genetic factors play a role in childhood obesity like certain medical conditions (Bigkid). What exactly are the causes of childhood obesity? Whether parents like to blame it genetics or not the simple fact is that their child just might have an unhealthy diet. The supermarkets are stocked with sugary goodness and fried snacks, although they might say they have some good vitamin sources and have zero Tran’s fats, but you have to take a look at the other ingredients in the snacks (cdc.gov). If your kids like to snack excessively you should really take a look at the ingredients on the snacks and instead of buying unhealthy snacks buy fruits and vegetables and limit the fried and sugary snacks. Another cause of childhood obesity is insufficient exercise (cdc.gov). Not enough exercise also plays a big role in childhood obesity. These generations of kids aren’t into playing outside unlike other generations when that’s all they had to do; instead they spend their time with indoor activities such as watching television and playing video and computer games (cdc.gov). Unfortunately electronics has taken the children’s focus off of playing outside. With these two factors of becoming obese it can lead to many effects on children. The effect of over eating or unhealthy diets causes one to have too much body fat and is putting more calories than the body needs and is able to burn off which can...
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