Childhood Obesity: A Growing Epidemic Obesity continues to become an increasing cause for death worldwide, none as true as in the United States. Obesity is a “lifestyle risk resulting from an imbalance between energy intake and expenditure”. Internationally, at least 10% of school age children are considered obese. In the United States, this number is near 32%. Childhood obesity is so important to tackle at an early age, because studies have shown that it leads to long term health risk such as diabetes, heart disease, and cardiovascular disease.
Epidemic of Obesity Introduction Obesity is spreading at an alarming rate and is becoming an epidemic around the United States; research shows that every year 300,000 adults will die from complications associated with obesity (Charles E. Menifield, 2008). Obesity is caused by many different factors such as: over eating, lack of physical activity and poor diet. There are many health problems associated with obesity and many of them can lead to mortality. Some of the medical conditions linked to obesity are: chance of stoke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, glucose intolerance, asthma, sleep apnea, impaired balance, orthopedic problems, and depression (Kellie R. Lang, 2012). With health problems like this plaguing the country, there
Childhood Obesity: A Preventable Epidemic Dr. Andrew H. Locke University of Connecticut Childhood Obesity: A Preventable Epidemic Over the course of recent years, childhood obesity has become a modern problem of epidemic proportions. Being the fact that the population of obese American children is estimated to be 30% total, the risks need to be appropriately managed by parents to dampen this growing populous (Benac, 2010). Just in the past 30 years among American adolescents alone, obesity rates have tripled in size which consequentially increases complications resulting in the possibility of early mortality. Furthermore, a child suffering from obesity may live and develop weight-related debilitating diseases such as type-2 diabetes, high
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Overweight and obesity has become a national epidemic problem. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity has affected a third of the adults in the United States and a third of the Americans seem to be getting fatter. (Freedman, 2011) It has created many problems, such as an increase in health insurance premiums, health related diseases and unhappy lives. These factors are affecting Americans of all ages and the problem is not going away unless drastic interventions are implemented. In the present paper, overweight and obesity is being investigated.
Annotated Bibliography Joan C Han, Debbie A Lawlor, Sue YS Kimm, Childhood obesity, The Lancet, Volume 375, Issue 9727, 15–21 May 2010, Pages 1737-1748, ISSN 0140-6736, 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60171-7 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673610601717). This is an excellent article that contains information pertanite to the epidemic of childhood obesity. This article contained worldwide statistics, factors, and health risks associated with childhood obesity. The article also illustrated the public view and policy on the treatment options for childhood obesity. The information used in the article contained data obtained over 10 years with the main focus being the past 5 years worldwide from childhood obesity.
CHILDHOOD OBESITY The research topic that will be discussed is childhood obesity; childhood obesity is the number one cause of diabetes in children today. It has reached epidemic proportion; worldwide approximately twenty two million children under five years of age are overweight ( Rocchini, A.P par. 1, March 14 2002). The number of overweight children in the United States has more than double during the past three decades. The reason I am doing a research on childhood obesity because is to inform millions of parents with children to understand that this is a deadly disease that can stay with you throughout your adult hood, and it is best to take care of it while you are at a young age.
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