Childhood Obesity Jamie Blake ENG 122 Jennifer Williams October 15 2012 Child obesity is a huge problem in the United States and a lot more citizens need to be aware and educated on the steps that can be taken to assist children struggling with obesity. How does Childhood Obesity happen, how many does it affect, what can be done to prevent this problem and what are the long terms affects. There are facts that show and lead others to believe that childhood obesity is the fault of the parents because children are watching too much Television, playing too many video games, they are not getting enough exercise, and most importantly they have an unhealthy diet. Well what is childhood obesity; it is defined as a serious medical condition
In today's society, obesity, more specifically child obesity has become a growing epidemic for many years not only in the U.S but all around the world. The change in the environment is not the only cause of obesity, the change in genes is also a major contributor. Obesity has many causes, but the main cause is children not getting enough exercise and eating too much. The calories that are not burning up can results into excess fat, which is stored in our bodies causing obesity. Every child gains weight different mostly due to problems like poor eating, not enough exercise, family geneses, health issues, the environment, and psychological issues.
Instead of being active and playing sports, kids are inside eating fatty foods and playing video games. This is the first generation where the life expectancy has gone down in hundreds of years because of kids being overweight and obese. If kids aren’t getting exercise and are just sitting around playing video games it obviously isn’t good for their health. Ever since video games became popular in the 80’s overweight kids have became more and more popular and it’s got to stop. Once kids start playing more than around 1 hour of video games on a daily basis it starts to become second nature to play video games.
Simply put, children are eating more calories than they are expending. The rise in the number of hours children sit in front of the television or computer, the increase in soda consumption, the lack of structured physical education in schools have all contributed to the obesity
During the time of their parent’s childhood, children were sent outside to play and called in at mealtimes. In today’ society, children are guarded and taught to stay closer to home just in case the neighbors are “bad people” who will cause them physical, mental or emotional harm. Not only does over protectiveness play a role in our children’s lack of physical activity, but they do not receive encouragement in school either. School’s offering Physical Education have declined 30% over the past decade while television teaching has increased over 30% in the past decade (Child and Adolescent Obesity). Where do we as a society place the blame for so many children being obese?
He didnt concentrate on important things, he daydreemed and mooned restlesly.The problem with Paul was that he didn’t have a mother at the time when he was growing, which is why he turned out this way. Ben went to school again and he showed improvement in his learning skills. The teachers observed that Ben does try hard to be like the other kids but he just doesn’t fit in. After a while of peace in Harriet’s life Ben, one day, hurt one of the girls in class. He bend
Studies show that, low income home energy assistance program benefits seem to reach families at the highest social and medical risk with more food insecurities have higher rates of low birth weight children (Frank, 2006). The reason behind this is that the money for food is spent on the electric bill when no assistance is provided. In result many children are born with a low birth weight and some even experience a life line of hospital visits. Some children even have a hard time focusing in school because of the lack of energy. Children are blocked from living a somewhat normal life all because the household could not get the financial assistance needed in order to help with their electricity
Students need to be well rested and well focused to truly succeed in schools. A poor diet can lead to much fatigue and laziness which causes them to lose sight in what is important, school itself. The place where they should go to learn should be to learn and excel, not eat and fail. Schools should be offering good choices for students. This habit
In today’s society most entertainment involves technology which requires very little or no physical moment; therefore, Americans are not engaging in physical activities. According to the author” weight gain occurs when individuals, for whatever reason, overeat and/or under exercise” (Shepherd). A person should be getting at least 30 minutes or more of physical activities daily. Another cause of obesity due to laziness is the lack of cooking “home cooked” meals because it usually causes Americans to pick up quick snack (ex. Chips, candy, etc) and fast food.
I have noticed that in the U.S. there are a lot of overweight children for many reasons. Children should be encouraged to get up and be active versus sitting around watching so much television and eating. The results of a study on television viewing and body weight in children earlier in the year of 2007, concluded that kids who watched the most TV or ate the fewest meals with their families were at risk of being or becoming overweight (Gabel et al, 2007). The analysis addressed the eating and activity factors associated with the onset of becoming overweight and persistent overweight in 8,000 children from kindergarten to third grade. Researchers identified three groups of children: never overweight, overweight onset and persistent overweight.