Child Obesity Essay

3090 WordsFeb 1, 201513 Pages
Child Obesity Mike Busillo 12-5-14 Public Health 302 Child Obesity is a prevalent problem in the world today. Obesity is defined as having too much body fat. In the past 30 years child obesity has doubled in children and is four times as high in adolescents. From 1980 to 2012 the obesity rates of children has a little more than doubled from 7% to 18%. Obese children are more likely to be at risk for joint and bone problems, sleep apnea, social, and psychological problems such as poor self-esteem. Children who are obese have a higher risk of developing diabetes. If children are obese they will most likely continue gaining weight and then become an obese adult where more health problems will occur. A lot of children are not getting enough exercise on a daily basis. Many schools offer a lot of unhealthy food choices and when young children are given money to spend on lunch they are more likely to spend it on unhealthy snacks rather than healthy choices. This is irresponsible of the parents to let their children decide what they want for lunch and not guiding them to make the right choice. Families tend to be so busy now that they turn to easier food options such as fast food restaurants or quick, easy, microwavable meals for their whole family. They forgot how important it is to feed the child import nutrients in order for them to grow and live a healthy life. By teaching these children at a young age to eat healthy, they will learn that being healthy is the right way to live. It then sets standards for what is appropriate and not appropriate to put into their bodies. Although some unhealthy options are okay they should not become an everyday occurrence. Now-a-days children are watching to much TV, video games, or are on tablets and IPADs instead of being physical active for a certain amount of time each and every day. Children can suffer from many different

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