As both government and population, Canada must band together and implement new systems to aid in the prevention of obesity. There are three central areas that Canada must focus to defeat obesity: youth, government, and foreign policy. Obesity is continually affecting younger individuals, which is developing obesity into a grave ordeal. Only forty-nine percent of preschool obesity cases are acted upon by health professionals, and an even less six per cent of children have their BMI plotted(Kim). Accordingly, more preventative measures need to be implemented in childhood as early as possible because many obesity cases that start young continue throughout the lifetime. Moreover, early obesity is serious because of the lack of physical activity
In a western society that continuous to renounce communalism and embrace individualism, it is easily noticed that the problems faced by few are ignored by the many. This ignorance, intentional or not, is allowing communal problems to accelerate the pace. However, the issue at hand is one that affects you whether or not you are aware of it; if you are an American, or in any western society for that matter. It affects nearly twenty percent of the under eighteen population in the United States and costs taxpayers on average 14 billion dollars per year. As a Parent, it can tack $19,000 onto the total of raising each child. The issue is childhood obesity, and it is only accelerating as a percentage of children in both America and all western nations of the world. Childhood Obesity is an issue relevant to all who consider themselves part of American society and it has profound adverse effects economically, physically for those afflicted with the issue, and mentally for those who live an obese childhood or within the family unit of a household with at least one obese child. The scope of the issue is massive and the impact of the consequences dire in many accounts. There is hope to reverse course and change the way of American-western living, and it starts with understanding the size and
Studies show that children who spend two or more hours a day watching television, get less than sixty minutes of physical activity daily, and do not sleep the recommended hours per night are eight times more likely to suffer from obesity (Laurson, Lee, Gentile, Walsh, & Eisenmann, 2014). This shows correlation between physical inactivity and childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is such a growing problem because of the health consequences that follow this disease. Children who suffer from obesity have a greater chance of suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes use to be thought of as a condition that occurs in adulthood because it was only seen in adults until recently; however, with the growing number of children suffering from obesity, Type 2 Diabetes is seen in children as young as five years old (Sahoo et al., 2015). The sudden peak of this disease occurring in children is so substantial because Type 2 Diabetes is a condition where the body has a hard time regulating blood sugar due to insulin resistance. This disease puts a toll on not only the child’s body, but their lifestyle, as well. For the body to create this resistance so early on in life presents evidence to show how serious physical inactivity and obesity is in children. Along with Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and respiratory problems such as asthma
The rate of childhood obesity has increased over few years. There are 41 million children in the world are overweight or at risk of obesity. Childhood obesity is a serious health problem. It cause physical ,psychological , and social problems. This problem can effect on children's for the rest of their lives. Childhood obesity is one of the main reasons of adulthood obesity also earlier risk obesity-related disease in adulthood. Obesity is defined as the condition in which excess body fat accumulates to the point of causing adverse health effects. It is determined by the body mass index (BMI), a measure that corresponds to weight in length. The ( BMI ) is a formula that produces a score that will show if a person is underweight, a normal weight, overweight or obese.
School lunches, they follow you everywhere from ever since those elementary days even up until your last few days of your senior year in College. From a parent’s perspective who would not want their child to grow up happy and healthy. Through the past years of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA implemented their new guideline throughout the nation for school lunches to have more fruits and vegetables while cutting out the fatty foods such as French fries or Coke; it would be expected that the general public would have some complaints. School lunches give students a healthy balanced diet that contribute to a healthy physical and psychological development especially in the younger ages (Jeon 130). What
Child obesity is not merely an issue in the world but it has been seen as an epidemic. The number of overweight and obese children has increased at an alarming rate over the past years, and there is no chance of it slowly down without action being taken. Children suffering from obesity face an increased risk of compromised physical and mental well-being. Obesity in children is a significant public health concern. In addition, there is evidence that the incidence of children who are overweight is increasing despite efforts to the contrary. The consequences of child obesity are far reaching, implicating not only children on a physical scale but also socially and mentally. However,
In a study that was published in the American Heart Journal, the University Of Michigan Cardiovascular Center argues that childhood obesity “suggest unhealthy habits are feeding the childhood obesity trend” (Knowles). The essence of UMCC’s argument is that “increasing physical activity, reducing recreational screen time and improving the nutritional value of school lunches, offers great promise to begin a reversal of current childhood obesity trends”
Companies like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, and more are effortless ways for Americans to get their food. A contributor to this is that Americans see fast food as convenient and simple to feed families due to the high impact of lengthy work hours and tiredness from work. With this, children do not have access to nutritious foods early on or most of their food is fast food. Poor eating habits and low levels of physical activity have been linked to childhood obesity. Studies have shown that when children are obese, they rarely grow out of it. This is shown through the numbers as childhood obesity in the U.S. has tripled over the past thirty years
Obesity has been a huge problem for most children in America. Every generation, it becomes more of a problem than what it was the generation prior to it. Many children suffer with this problem today because of the lifestyles that they live. Children tend to lack adequate amounts of exercise that they need because of the many distractions that they face every day. Most of the day, kids are sitting around the house watching television, playing video games or on some type of a new device that has just been released. Another reason why kids are overweight is because of the types of food they choose to eat. Many families choose to go to fast food restaurants such as McDonalds or Burger King because the food is cheaper and quicker than most
The “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010” was created to decrease the percentage of obesity of children in America by creating healthy, nutritional school lunches which are provided for children during the school day. Not only are their more variety of fruits and vegetables, students are given more nutritional lunches to help promote development and growth in many areas such as cognitively and physically. It is important for educators and parents to understand that children need nutritional and healthy diets in order to develop. Not only is this act creating a healthier short-term solution by decreasing obesity, but it also is helping equip students with the knowledge and eating habits in order to stay healthy as they continue to
Obesity in the United States has been increasingly cited as a major health issue in recent decades, and is one of the highest in the world. Obesity rates have increased for all population groups in the United States over the last several decades. Between 1986 and 2000, the prevalence of severe obesity quadrupled from one in two hundred Americans to one in fifty. Extreme obesity in adults increased by a factor of five, from one in two thousand to one in four hundred. There have been similar increases seen in children and adolescents, with the prevalence of overweight in pediatric age groups nearly tripling over the same period. Approximately nine million children over six years of age are considered obese. Several recent studies have shown that the rise in obesity in the US is slowing, possibly explained by saturation of health-oriented media, and or the health conscious regime attempts. However, obesity can also be inherited. Thus, when you have a mother who has become obese and then passes that onto her child, it is hard to stop the reproduction of obesity. The more educated we as a society become, the more it is going to allow us to progress in fixing these
Increasing childhood obesity rate is the major epidemic issue of current era. According to current statistics, percentage of children age 2-5 years and percentage of children Age 6-11 being obese are 17.7% and 8.4% respectively. According to CDC report, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Also, there are many evidences that support overweight tracking from childhood to adulthood. Therefore it is important to deal with epidemic of childhood obesity to promote healthy life style to population and healthy growth of the nation.
Making kids eat healthy food today is a really hard task, but if schools can start serving healthier foods, then kids will actually eat healthy. In today’s schools, most of the foods served contain unhealthy fats and sugars just to fit the student 's preferences. Due to the lack of healthy foods consumed by children, child obesity is the number one growing problem among youth. With the new unhealthy snacks today, it is becoming harder for parents to make their kids eat healthy foods. Schools should promote healthy food choices because childhood obesity is a growing problem, school lunches are lacking proper nutrients, and schools have the responsibility to educate students about healthy eating.
As of 2012, approximately 8.4% of children in the United States, ages two to five, were diagnosed as obese. In the years 2011 through 2012 the prevalence of obesity has appeared to plateau in 2 to 19 year olds, however the amount of children ages three to five who are obese is still higher than what is desired(Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). These obesity rates are alarming due to the possible effect it will have on their health later in life. These effects include, but are not limited to, cancer, type 2
Child obesity is condition that affects children and adolescents, it occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. The excess fats negatively affects the child health or wellbeing. It is being recognized as a health concern due to its rising prevalence and its many adverse health effects. It can be referred to as overweight rather than obese because the term is less stigmatizing.