Majority of children in today’s society are decreasing the time spent in physical activities as they are spending more time playing video games and watching TV. Due to their sedentary behavior they are increasing the level of excessive body fat to their weight (Whitker, Robert). This issue of childhood obesity has become an epidemic in America. The Colorado University research shows that within last couple of decades the obesity level among children and adolescent has doubled (P. Kendall). The increase in excessive body fat leads to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, type two diabetes, and other serious health risks (Estarbrooks, Paul). It’s very likely that obese children have greater chance of becoming obese in their adult stage and more prone to obtain health problems (Whitker, Robert). Within America every year there are 300,000 deaths that are linked to obesity (P. Kendall).
Medical professionals define obesity as having (BMI) body mass index of thirty or higher. Some of the major factors that lead to obesity are genetics, environment and behavior (Estarbrooks, Paul). Our genes control majority of our weight related metabolic process, such as blood glucose metabolism, fat-storage, and hormones (P. Kendall). The studies show that children tend to have very similar weight problems as their biological parents and it’s mostly due to the inherited genes that control the metabolic process (Estarbrooks, Paul). Even though genes have larger effect on metabolism, they cannot be completely responsible for the dramatic increase in number of obese children in the United States. The most significant cause of childhood obesity is behavioral and environmental factors (Hubert, HB).
According to American Obesity Association, average American child spends significant amount of their free time playing video games or watching TV. During this immobility very few calories are used and larger number of calories is stored in the form of...