The Issue, and Possible Solutions
There was a time when chubby children were considered cute. It was assumed that their baby fat would melt away and a healthy adult would be left over. We now know that childhood obesity can be very harmful for our children. Not only can obesity cause health problems but also psychological problems. In observing the causes of childhood obesity, hopefully we can slow down the epidemic. What is Obesity? Obesity is defined by Webster’s dictionary as increase body weight due to excessive accumulation of body fat. It is a condition or disease in which the “the natural energy reserve of humans or mammals, which is stored in fat tissue, is expanded far beyond usual levels to the point where it impairs health.” Obesity is most often measured by using the BMI (body mass index). BMI is calculated by dividing the weight in kilograms by the height squared in meters.
Immediately childhood obesity is becoming a huge disease in the United States today. Many of the population don’t understand that there is a difference in being overweight and being obese. If a person is overweight, they are said to have a Body Mass Index in the range of 25 – 29.9 and a person who is obese has a BMI of 30 or above (Statistics on Childhood Obesity, 4) many of the nation’s health officials believe that obesity is one of the fastest growing epidemics in America. What many citizens don’t comprehend is that obesity is also a disease that can kill a person. Currently, over 9 million adolescent in the United States are obese (Koplan et. al, 57). One of the main causes is lack of physical activity. This may seem like an obvious cause, but it seems to be the one our youth have the most problems with. Presently, it is predicated that a third of all children in high school don’t exercise devoutly (Statistics on Childhood Obesity, 4).
Physical education is being cut from many public schools because of budgets. Our kids are than left to fend for...