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).
Kids gain weight from just sitting around and doing nothing. Kids these days sit in school and get no exercise and at home, they just sit on electronics and do nothing. One piece of evidence is exercise is good. Many kids deal with obesity, but even kids at good weight levels gain from activity, and need it for good health. The outdoors is the best for children to lose weight, practice physical skills and get the pure happiness of movement.
Child obesity is rapidly growing. Obesity is not only a problem in itself, but it can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Children as young as 5 years of age can have diabetes, or a deadly disease. The risk of having an obese child, is at all time high; J Nat, the lead researcher at Science, Biology Medical school says” 22 million children under the age of 5 are obese, and one in ten children is overweight.” (1). Parents should attack this issue by controlling how much their child consumes, making sure the child(ern) exercises.
3\Obesity: Obesity is a difficult medical problem; not only in adults but also in children and teenagers. The percentage of obesity is increasing in Saudi Arabia, affecting “30.7% of Saudi males and 28.4% of Saudi females, with the highest incidence found in Hail (33.9%), followed by Al Sharqiya (27.7%), Riyadh (21.7%), Makkah (19.3%), Jeddah (16.4%) and the lowest in Jisan (11.7%)”. (Al-Nozha et.al , 2007) These high percentages of obesity in Saudi Arabia are due to inactive life style, lack of physical exercise and shift to fast food and carbonated drinks. “Obese children and teenagers are at risk for psychological and social adjustment problems, including lower perceived competencies than normative samples on social, athletic and appearance domains, as well as lower overall self-worth” (Shisslak, 2003). It should also be pointed out that teenagers with severe obesity are affected by major mental problems such as social marginalization and reduced health-related quality of life;
However, obesity is not given appropriate attention also has to do with a variety of chronic diseases and risk factors cause various diseases between the diseases coronary heart (Mansor , Stamfer et al , (1987 ) hypertension, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer (Lee , Blain & Jackson , (1999). According to the report “ National heart , Lung and blood Institute Obesity Task Force (1998)” obesity also is associated with diseases such as cholesterol levels, increase the body’s sleep problem and so
Malnutrition in children not only effect their physical growth and development but it also impairs their cognitive abilities and development and can lead to abnormalities. The dominant reason of morbidity and mortality in children is malnutrition which is increasing day by day. According to the recent researches 60% mortality rate (Laghari, et al., 2015
Saudi Arabia holds approximately 70% of youth population, these young people will be a great asset in the success of the objectives and the vision as a whole because of the amount of enthusiasm and energy they have towards change and development. Weaknesses: Since Saudi Arabia is a big country that consists of more than 30 million people, there are different cultural groups of the society, it would be difficult for diversified mentalities to be accepting of the rapid changes that are happening. Another major weakness is that Saudi Arabia suffers from the very hot weather, which could be a barrier from practicing outdoor
A. Reduce the prevalence of risk factors that lead to obesity in Saudi society over the next 10 years by: B. Raising the level of awareness of obesity, weight gain and the reasons and methods of prevention by 50% (5% annually). C. (An average of 2% annually). D. Increase the proportion of practitioners of physical activity by a minimum of 20% (2% annually).
Being obese or even just being unhealthy is linked to sickness and a lot of the times heart conditions. Imagine you as a child being obese, you would be putting your life in harm way and it could lead up to something very unwanted. The obesity of a child could take away confidence, which can lead to depression etc. In an article called “Childhood Obesity Facts” it stated “Children with obesity are bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers, and are more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self esteem.” And yes the school can not be the only ones blamed for the obesity of children, because the kids only eat at least one and maybe two meals during school. However enforcing the habits of eating healthy at school they would then go home and take their “knowledge” with them.