Childhood Obesity and Depression Essay

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Childhood Obesity and Depression Ann Harrison Columbia University May 2013 Abstract Childhood Obesity and depression are recognized as major public health issues with the youth in America. Even though they are traditionally compartmentalized as different initiates both the physical and emotional health conditions are evidence that treatment is in evadable. The overall purpose for the research paper to recognize the pediatric diagnostic criteria for depression and obesity highlight key similarities and identify common pathways that can ignite a lifestyle change. Childhood Obesity and Depression Child hood obesity and depression are just two of the largest topics that America is facing. Research suggests childhood obesity is linked to depression in adulthood. Because the roles of adolescents have switched in some cases a child is more dependent on food and electronics than having or developing a human relationship. Obesity epidemic across America. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) approximately 350 million adults in the U.S. are overweight, 60 million adults are obese, and 9 million adults are severely obese” and 1/3rd of the American adult population is affected by obesity each year and the number is rising. Meriamr Webster dictionary gives the definition of obesity as a “condition characterized by the excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the bod”. A certain amount of body fat is necessary for storing energy, heat insulation, shock absorption, and other functions however to much body fat can lead to a vital damage of organs. The normal amount of body fat is between “25-30% in women and 18-23% in men” states the BMI scale. The BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measurement of your height, weight and body fat measurement’s to gauge one’s body weight or what they should weigh. Other methods use of finding out

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