When children see a certain advertisement that is pertaining to food and play, they assimilate it faster than we know. A child who spends too much time in front of the television is more susceptible to health problems. A major cause of obesity today is the frequent viewing of television, causing children to become less physical active. Childre... ... middle of paper ... ... not include any direct appeal to children to persuade adults to buy products for them or to discombobulate children as to the value or cost of a given product. The goal of these rules is to protect children from advertising that exploits their naivety.
Childhood obesity has become a large problem in recent decades. It is a problem because it will lead to unhealthy life habits and continued obesity in adulthood. It is important for children to have a healthy weight so that they have less risk for serious medical issues. Childhood obesity can be caused by unhealthy diets, no limitations on electronic usage, inactivity, and lack of sleep. Consuming fried foods, snacks, sugared drinks and skipping breakfast are all factors in overweight children.
Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that can affect children and teenagers. It is diagnosed when a child is above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Obesity is “one of the most stigmatizing and least socially acceptable conditions in childhood” ("Childhood Obesity: Emotional Effects And Sedentary Lifestyles | Mollen Foundation Preventing Childhood Obesity"). Childhood obesity is really dangerous because all the extra pounds often start children on the path to bad health problems. Childhood obesity is becoming more and more common as the years go by.
“If a child opens up the fridge and is meet with loads of junk then that’s likely what they will eat”. (www.parenting.com) According to the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination survey says that, 16 percent of children around the ages of 6-19 years old are at risk of being obese. Obesity has increased in the last twenty years now. Obesity is like other disease, it impairs the normal body functioning. Children who are overweight have excess fat tissue that caus... ... middle of paper ... ...n. Many parents would agree that “back in the day” not enough excises would ever be a child’s problem because they are so active.
In today’s society children have an unhealthy outlook on the foods they desire due to the many different influences on their choices. Advertising such as television, radio, news, and commercials have many negative advertisements persuading children to consume the unhealthy foods shown. Foods advertised during prime-time programs for children are often high in fat and sugar, and low in fiber and nutrients. Healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk, and low-fat items, are rarely advertised leading children to desire those less than the unhealthy foods shown. Studies show that there is a worldwide trend in increasing childhood overweight and obesity.
If not taken with precaution, more screen time can lead to children overeating and possibly develop an appetite for junk food promoted in TV ads. Since children are more vulnerable than adults, TV commercials try to focus their advertising towards young innocent children. Although less screen time would be beneficial to help end childhood obesity, many people enjoy the pleasures of watching TV. The solution most effective to possibly stop childhood obesity is healthier eating. According to Traci Baker, she mentions that families avoid a healthy lifestyle because cooking healthy can be time consuming, highly costly, and not always good tasting.
However, taking children to eat out all the time is a huge reason many children become obese in the U.S. Childhood obesity has become a widespread predicament because not only does it lead to countless health problems, but it also increases morbidity and mortality. Electronic devices and
children are bound to crave unhealthy foods. Especially since many advertisements are used to target children. Within the past few years larger portions of foods have amplified, the number of less healthy food advertisements have increased, and the parents poor eating habits have all contributed to childhood obesity. “Childhood obesity is a complex health issue. It occurs when a child is well above the normal or healthy weight for his
Doctors agree that there are two primary factors in creating obese children: children and teenagers adhering to unhealthy eating habits and getting less and less exercise on a daily basis. Undoubtedly, the mixture of fast food diets along with sedentary lifestyles is creating a generation of children who are facing a serious health crisis. Children who are obese also must confront the many psychological issues that being overweight creates. Overweight children often have low self-esteem, which is made worse when they are unable to participate in normal activities such as sports or on the playground. Teen eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia develop in response to feelings of body inadequacy.
Who is to Blame for Childhood Obesity? Childhood obesity has recently become a major problem not only in the Unites States, but all around the world. No one knows the real reason as to why childhood obesity has recently become a major epidemic, but it has been found that the environment that the children live in plays a factor in the child’s weight status. Not only that but, some people believe that fast food and their million dollar industries is the reasons why so many children are obese. Whereas others have found that it all relies on their parents, that they, the parents, are the reason why their children are the way they are.