Childhood obesity is considered to be a serious issue among our youth. Obesity can cause many types of physical problems, which most are aware of, but it can also cause some undesirable internal feelings within children and adolescents who suffer from it. Self-esteem, or self-worth, is important as it helps develop personality and is a major ingredient to our mental health status (Wang, F. and Veugelers, P. J., 2008). Some have said obesity may even have a negative effect on cognitive development, as well. There have been studies performed to research the effects of obesity on children and adolescents, which I am going to review.
Childhood obesity is becoming more and more common as the years go by. The physical health issues of being obese are bad enough for the child, but what about the emotional toll of being obese? Most obese children have to deal with more than just losing their excess weight. Having childhood obesity can lead to having depression, a low self-esteem, and social stigmatization. The emotional toll of having childhood obesity is very damaging on a child's life.
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