Causes and Effects of Childhood Obesity

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Causes and Effects of Childhood Obesity Cause and Effects of Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity is becoming an increasing problem across the world, affecting the health and social skills in children. As child obesity continues to rise, so do the health risks that result from it. Reasons for child obesity range from too much calorie intake to not enough exercise. Watching television is well known to be the main source of entertainment for children. “On average, children spend 6.5 hours per day watching television and videos, using print media, playing video games, using computers and listening to CD, MP3 players, tapes and the radio” (Haines, J. & Neumark-Sztainer, D. 2006). These types of activities do not burn many calories, which results in weight gain. Children are subjected to advertisements for fast food and unhealthy snacks which, in most cases, the children would rather have than a healthy meal cooked at home. Many families either have a two parent or single parent working home. Quick and easy meals or snacks target these families, which results in obesity. Lack of physical activities results in obesity. There has been a decrease in children getting involved with extracurricular activities at school. There are less children outside playing and more children inside sitting in front of televisions, video games, computers or just laying around in their houses doing nothing at all. Family behavior is another leading cause of childhood obesity. Parental behavior patterns are the main cause of the problem. Children learn from what they see. Parents who have poor shopping, cooking, eating and exercise habits show their children that their way of life is okay, when it, in fact, is not. It hurts not only their health, but their children’s health. If parents would stop and look back on the way they were raised in their childhoods, they

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