The problem of childhood obesity in the United States has grown considerably in recent years. Approximately one out of every five children in the U.S is overweight or obese, and the number is continuing to rise. As of 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Next, percentage of children age 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Being overweight or obese is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water or a combination of these factors. In addition, obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but most difficult to treat. The most common causes in childhood obesity in America are unhealthy dieting, lack of physical activity, and genetic factors. To begin with unhealthy dieting in the USA, such as fast food has taken a toll children’s health. Because of eating increasingly more fast food, child obesity in growing rapidly. A burger, fries, and coke are loaded with many calories that …show more content…
There are many ways in which genes affect our weight; from our resting metabolic rate, to how we burn calories when we exercise, to how quickly our brains signal us that we are full. Children’s chances of being overweight are greater if one or both of the parents are overweight or obese. Also children adopt the habits of their parents. As a result, children who have overweight parents who eat high calorie foods and are inactive will most likely become overweight. However, if the family adopts healthy food and physical activity habits, the children's chance of being overweight or obese is reduced. Family genetic factors also lead to health risk factors for obese children. For example young children are showing signs at an early age of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, early heart disease, diabetes, bone problems, and many
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.
The Obesity rate has been increasing as the years been passing on almost “one in three children in America are now overweight or obese” (Dirksen 1). Many children are growing up to be obese and are damaging the parent figure as they will most likely share with their kids their disgusting
So, when the child/adolescent equal or above the 85% through the 95% range mark on the BMI chart, they are already considered to be overweight and anything beyond the 95% mark is marked obese. Now reported by the Center for Disease Control, studies have shown that since around 2008, it has become a the norm within our society to not just see overweight children, but obese children based upon the BMI chart, which I see a lot of flaw in because we have to realize that muscle weights two-and a -half times more than fat and if you have a physical active or athletic kid/teenager who when weighed, their BMI is marked in the overweight or obese section, yet there physical appearance does not at all resemble an overweight or obese physique what does one do there? But back to the topic, the American problem and concern can be resolved with the works of exercise, diet, and the involvement of parents and a better surrounding when pertaining to one's eating
Cook at home: Studies show that families who cook at home more often are much less likely to have obese children (“Avoid Childhood Obesity”). Have healthy snacks: Always keep healthy snacks in the house such as nuts or fruit, instead of the alternatives like chips and cookies (“Avoid Childhood Obesity”). Drink lots of water: Drinking more water helps children stay hydrated, healthy, and keeps them less hungry and less likely to eat more (“Avoid Childhood Obesity”). Finally, Family time: A study by Harvard researchers concluded that benefits of eating dinner and doing things as a family reduced high-risk adolescent behaviors and improved performance at school (“Avoid Childhood Obesity”). If these steps can be taken to help the children of our nation, this epidemic will no longer be the problem that it has become today, but that would also require outside sources to
Today about one in three children in the United States are obese, and is the number one cause of death in America. Childhood obesity is now more concerning to people than drug abuse and smoking. Obesity not only has disgusting physical effects, it also will have negative changes to a person’s personality. Even though many people are aware of the problems obesity brings, there still has been at least a 50% increase in obese people since 1980. Obesity will cause extreme health problems and possibly death if people don’t change their diets, activity levels, or emotional needs towards food.
In today’s society “one out of three children is considered overweight or obese” (Little 2011). Childhood obesity is linked to several severe health problems. Children who are overweight or obese are at risk of having cardiovascular disease and problems relating to that such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type-two diabetes during childhood. Physical problems aren’t the only problem relating to obesity; “Research confirms obese children are at a higher risk for social and psychological problems” because overweight kids tend to get bullied due to their weight (Little 2011). Children who have weight issues early on are also more likely to have weight issues as adults.
Therefore to create a healthier America, activists must attack the root of the problem and work to eliminate childhood obesity. To eliminate childhood obesity, those who are uneducated on the topic must be educated. The American people must develop a larger understanding of childhood obesity by identifying the extremity of the problem, learning the causes, and becoming aware of the long term effects. When beginning one's journey in learning more about childhood obesity they must first realize how prevalent adulthood obesity is in America, “Nearly 60 million American adults between the ages of 20 and 75 years—1 in 3—are obese.”
The obesity epidemic is only becoming more world wide spread as years continue to pass. Obesity has dramatically caused many negative effects on America and the way we live today. Obesity is simply defined as having excessive body fat usually resulting in serious medical problems. More specifically, though, obesity occurs when a person's Body Mass Index (BMI) — or, their weight in kilometers divided by the square of height in meters — exceeds 30 or greater. Studies have shown that about 13 million children and adolescents ages 2-19 are obese according to the article “Childhood Obesity: Can it Really Be Child Neglect?” by Abbie Goldbas.
Childhood to adolescent obesity in America is becoming an over-whelming issue. Most schools have decided that physical education isn’t critical due to budget cuts and the increased pressure to excel in standardized tests. One out of three children in the U.S. is over-weight or obese according to the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. I believe that childhood obesity is the result of lack of exercise and poor diet due to a fast-paced lifestyle. Junk food is attractive for many reasons including price, taste, and convenience.
Childhood Obesity by Karen Luna General Purpose : To inform Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the rising issues of childhood obesity Central Idea: While there are many reasons for childhood obesity rising in the U.S 3 main issues are children eating too much ,excercising too litte and obesity producing diseases in childhood. Introduction I. Take a look around next time you go to the store, the mall or anywhere. What you will find has become the new trend among children. It is starting to become literally a big problem and it is becoming a bigger issue each year.
Lazarou & Kouta (2010) define obesity as “a chronic metabolic disease, considered to be one of the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease”, and state that hypertension, atherosclerosis and type two diabetes have also been shown to be more likely in people with obesity (p. 641). These adult health problems have now become commonplace amongst children and youth today (Tuckwood, 2012). With obesity being diagnosed at earlier ages, prevention becomes increasingly difficult; personal habits are harder to break, health risks are more serious, and the likelihood of living with obesity in adulthood is significantly higher. Fifty percent of children who are obese will become obese adults (Lazarou & Kouta, 2010).
Studies from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, more than half of adults are overweight or obese and nearly one in five kindergarten students are obese (Doc A). Most overweight children usually have parents that are obese. The problem is that when parents do not eat right, neither do their children. Because, children eat what their parents cook. It is very important for the government to control what is consumed by kids.
Obesity: There is a direct link between young children’s eating habits and them becoming overweight and obese later on. Children in families with insufficient access to nutritious foods are in fact significantly more likely to be obese in early childhood than other children. This is the result of excessive calorie intake and an emphasis on foods that have high levels of fat, sugar and sodium.
Is Child Obesity Hereditary or Parental Negligence? Introduction 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.