9 March 2015
Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. Over the past few years overweight and obese children have increased at an alarming rate and there seems to be no slowing down unless some type of action is taken soon. The fast food industry offers poor nutritional food and continues to encourage children to regularly eat the unhealthy foods and also encourage parents by making these “kids Meal” affordable. Unfortunately televisions, computers, and video games, are also contributing to our epidemic. Technology has taken over the importance of exercise. Obese children not only have unhealthy weights but they can also suffer from weak lungs and poor blood quality. Although, this epidemic is growing quickly there are ways that we can try to prevent them. We can attempt to get children to eat healthy, balanced and nutritional meals. We can also help slow it down by encouraging them to take part in varies physical activity. Cutting of or monitoring the usage of televisions, computers, and video games.
Childhood obesity is considered to have more than doubled in the past 30 years. There can be many reasons why a child is obese, lack of physical activity and poor nutritional meals are just the first ones that we think of. The lack of exercise and the consumption of unhealthy, fattening and sugary foods, is usually the cause of obesity. In the United States children anywhere from 6 years old to 11 years old has increased form 7% in the 1980s to about 18% in 2012 (Staff). According to the government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. And Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.” But obesity is not only about the way the child looks, it can cause many short and long term health issues. Some of which can be a great threat to their lives, like cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and even some form of cancers. These are just some health scares that can accord but there are many more.
In the United States a child spends a large amount of hours each day watching TV or playing video games. Which are hours that they can be spending on physical activities. Emotion is also another reason why some children overeat. Low self-esteem, depression and dramatic events like death, divorce, and moving away are situations that cause some children to over indulge in different foods. Children raised in low-income homes have a higher chance of becoming obese. The lack of financial resource and the inability to provide children exercise and proper nutritional diet are causes for obesity. Obesity cannot be inherited but if one of the child’s parents are obese they are 50% more likely to become obese and if the both of the child’s parents are obese then they are 80% more likely to become obese themselves. What can be inherited is the lifestyle of the child and their eating habits, as said by Mayo Clinic Staff, “if your child comes from a family of overweight people, he or she may be more likely to put on excess weight, especially in an environment where high-calorie food is always available and physical activity isn’t encourage.” There are many sources that can cause obesity in children and these can cause numerous negative effects.
There a many steps that one can take to prevent obesity and create and maintain a healthy life. Of cause these steps must be followed closely in order to continue with a healthy diet. The easiest way that someone can start is by adjust their calorie intake and withdraw from eating fast foods. Some parents might find it compelling to use foods as a reward. But that can only make the situation worse. By using food as a reward we make children associate food like vegetables and fruits as a negative thing and cake candy and other sugary items as a prize. One important guide would be...
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The center for Disease Control and Prevention provides information and facts about the growing issue of obesity. It also explains what obesity is, how to prevent it or control it, and what we can do to keep our children fit and healthy. I believe this entry specifies how we can start treating this disease. I think this is a strong entry to support the effect obesity has on our country.
Staff, Mayo Clinic. Diseases and Conditions Childhood obesity. 15 Februray 2014.
This website provides information on childhood obesity and the seriousness the medical condition can be. It includes symptoms, risk factors, complications and ways that we can treat or prevent it. This website provides convincing statistics. The website is also useful in giving explanations and examples on how we can prevent obesity.
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