Childhood Obesity Essay

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Childhood Obesity Obesity in children has become a common problem in the United States. The percent of children with weight problems has doubled in the past two to three decades. Currently at least one in every five children is overweight (Trogan, 2002). As parents, one of our main concerns should be the health of our children. Children who are overweight or obese tend to have many serious health problems that can easily be prevented if we as parents would pay more attention to what our children are doing throughout the day and what we are feeding them. Children who are overweight or obese are not born this way. Obesity is usually caused by the way we live and what we choose to let our children eat. “Obesity means having to much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighting too much. Both terms mean that a person’s weight is greater than what is considered healthy for his or her height” (Obisity in Children, 2009. Para.1). Children are being affected by health problems that in the past were only seen in adults. For example: Obese children and adolescents have shown an alarming increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes. Many obese children have high cholesterol and blood pressure levels, which are risk factors for heart disease. One of the most severe problems for obese children is sleep apnea (interrupted breathing while sleeping). In some cases this can lead to problems with learning and memory. Obese children have a high incidence of orthopedic problems, liver disease, and asthma (Trogan, 2002). My son who is nine years old currently weighs 130 pounds. He has lost ten pounds in the last five weeks. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is not easy to change his eating habits overnight. I do feel that as a mother I am at fault for my child being overweight the way he is. My son, was

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