The number of obese children has decreased rapidly over the last few years, over Australian and all over the world. As in 2010 it was recorded that in Australia 1.5 million children are considered overweight or obese, this means that 20-20% of Australian children are overweight or obese. This statistics are very shocking and serious as childhood obesity can have many harmful effects on a child that will stay with for the rest of their life these effects can be both physical and physiological.
As if a child is obese their risks of having harmful health problems such as having high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type two diabetes, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea and it also increases the child’s chance of developing coronary heart disease. It is almost shameful that 20-25% of children in Australia alone are being diagnosed with these diseases when nearly all of them are preventable in children.
There are also many serious physiological effects that come with childhood obesity though the most common of these side effects are low self esteem and depression, this can come from the child feeling isolated and lonely. Also from feeling that they have too many physical limitations and can’t keep up with the other children both mentally and physically also being teased by these other children. In a recent survey it was shown that some children who suffer from obesity have recorded their quality of life with scores as low as children undergoing chemotherapy. This shows how serious this illness is and how vital it is that the amount of obese children in our society must decrease. As due to it being proven that obesity is not just physically hurting and disadvantaging the children of today’s society but it is also mentally disadvantaging them, and these metal scares will stay with them for the rest of their life.
To put it in simple terms childhood obesity is caused by a child taking in more energy than they are using up over a period of time. This can...