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. Children are also affected by the social and psychological factors that come with them being overweight at a young age. Although some genetic predispositions have been linked to childhood obesity,
Running Head: CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN AMERICA 1 Childhood Obesity in America Kilah Bryan-Lawson Liberty University Online CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN AMERICA 2 Abstract Childhood obesity has become quite a problem in America. This paper describes the obesity problem as a nationwide epidemic. It defines what it is to be medically obese and addresses the issues that adolescents face when they encounter this issue. This paper also discusses the reasons that childhood obesity has become an epidemic. It also discusses ways in which schools enable childhood obesity and gives ideas on what schools can do help prevent childhood obesity.
And when taking a look at the statistics of obesity in children and adolescents in the United States, 18.8 percent of 6 - 11 year old children are obese, 17.4 percent of children ages 12-19 are obese (www.cdc.gov). Childhood obesity is associated with many different health related problems and issues. They may experience health risk and may be at risk for other health related problems as adults. Obesity in children and adolescents are psychosocial. Many obese children are discriminated against at an early age and can be targeted for bullying, low self-esteem, having a lack of social skills, and can hinder academics; these issues can persist into adulthood.
* Breathing problems such as snoring and sleep apnea brought on by childhood obesity can lead to heart conditions later on in life. * Joint problems like arthritis can extremely painful for not only adults, but children as well. * Obese children are also put at risk for fatty liver disease, gallstones, heartburn and acid reflux which can all call for painful and time consuming surgeries later in life. Preventing and/or reversing obesity in children can be done. Parents must take on the role of teaching their children healthy eating and exercise habits.
Childhood Obesity Jamie Blake ENG 122 Jennifer Williams October 15 2012 Child obesity is a huge problem in the United States and a lot more citizens need to be aware and educated on the steps that can be taken to assist children struggling with obesity. How does Childhood Obesity happen, how many does it affect, what can be done to prevent this problem and what are the long terms affects. There are facts that show and lead others to believe that childhood obesity is the fault of the parents because children are watching too much Television, playing too many video games, they are not getting enough exercise, and most importantly they have an unhealthy diet. Well what is childhood obesity; it is defined as a serious medical condition
As a whole it is all of our responsibility to fight against this epidemic so that we can win the war for our children’s health. Becoming obese is a result of consuming more calories than you burn off with activity. As stated earlier depression can play a part in obesity as well, children that are not popular, may feel left out and eat as a way to cope with those feelings. Many do not realize this is a cause for obesity, but it is and needs
Running head: CHILDHOOD OBESITY 1 The Causes and Prevention of Childhood Obesity Patricia Stewart ENG 122 Prof. Craig Smith August 27, 2012 CHILDHOOD OBESITY 2 The Causes and Prevention of Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity is a major cause for concern because it has become an epidemic in our society. The causes are surprising and concerning as well. There are multiple factors causing childhood obesity that can be prevented, which include health and lifestyle. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Physicians Assistants, “Obesity in childhood is influenced by social and familial factors as well as the child’s genetics and activity level” (Perplech; Russ; Rizzolo; Sedrak, 2011). The medical conditions that contribute to childhood obesity are due to genetics.
Diseases once thought of as adult onset, including obesity, are now affecting children. For instance, with the obesity epidemic, there has been an alarming increase in Type 2 diabetes. Not only does obesity affect our children physically, but there is a negative impact on them socially and emotionally. True or false? As parents, there's nothing you can do to prevent obesity, since it's based on genetics.
Childhood Obesity Vanessa Goode ENG 122 English Composition II Instructor: Louisa Verhaart July 5, 2012 The topic I selected is Childhood Obesity, the reason I choose this topic is because a lot of young children are having an issue with obesity. Being obese as a child can be very dangerous it leads to diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and poor academic performance. Our First Lady Michelle Obama expresses why it’s very important to stay fit and healthy, Mrs. Obama tells us how parents and caregivers play a key role in not only making healthy choices for children and teaching children to make healthy choices for themselves. But in today’s busy world, this isn’t always easy. So Let’s Move!
Obesity is a phenomenon that reached an epidemic level among children in developed countries. Many factors are behind that; and obesity, of course, has tremendous effects on children’s health as well as on their psychological state. Some of the consequences of obesity are used to be frequent among adults, but nowadays, children have it. In a journal article reporting a study done by Stephen R and Daniels, in addition that now children are having their parents’ diseases, the phenomenon is increasing in high frequency, and the types of diseases include high blood pressure, early symptoms of hardening of the arteries, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, polycystic ovary disorder, and disordered breathing during sleep, another point made by Daniels and Stephen is that the obesity destroys the human body, but if it starts from the childhood, it actually accelerate its effects which in his turn causes the heart attack, or stroke, to start in childhood. Another point made by Daniels is that the effect of obesity doesn’t stop at this point, but it may go to the extent to reverse the stable increase in life expectancy which makes of obesity one of the most public concerns; thus efforts are being made to determine what causes obesity among children(Stephen, & Daniels, 2006, p 47-67).