Obesity Essay

1334 WordsFeb 5, 20126 Pages
So many Americans have children that are overweight. Parents, pay attention! People have become greatly aware of childhood obesity, since there has been a media blitz about the problem and because I have a six year old son. As I started listening and reading about the severity of the overweight dilemma in this country, I have realized that certain methods, genetics, and other life problems have made obesity an issue. In addition, children are watching too much TV and playing video games. They do not even realize that those all-too-fattening snacks are going down. Exercise is a bad word, but fast-food sounds good. Child obesity is a wide spread epidemic. We need to stop feeding our children fattening foods and begin by giving them a healthy start in life. It’s (should not use apostrophes either) almost impossible for young children to eat healthy, unless they have help. That is where adults come into the picture. In the past 30 years, the occurrence of being overweight (preferred over obesity for young people) in children has doubled and it is now estimated that one in five children in the US is overweight (The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, year). There are potential negative psychological outcomes, such as depression symptoms, poor body image, and eating disorders. Negative health consequences consist of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high total and LDL cholesterol, elevated triglyceride levels in the blood, low HDL (the good one) cholesterol levels in blood, sleep apnea, and early puberty, orthopedic problems, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (fatty infiltration and inflammation of the liver). (The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2009) Needs reference AND NOW IT IS 20%! This BMI chart will help people determine if they are overweight or not. Needs reference Children who have a BMI at

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