As shown, it is quite impossible to get all schools and keep track if they are following school guidelines promoting physical activity. Overall, limiting a child’s technology usage will be effective, yet an easy way to help regain the obese child’s confidence in giving back to normal weight. It is obscured that parents look at the statistics and be concerned about their child’s eating habits in which contributes to their future. Parents restricting technology usage is a great way to start lowering childhood obesity rates. While eating habits at school should be enforced more, it is not beneficial to the child since they 're not eating healthy at home.
Over the past fifty years, there have been many changes in the way children eat meals, play, and socialize. Both the time and opportunities for children to take part in fun, physical activities has been reduced, as family life has changed recently. Throughout my paper, I will discuss the contributing factors to the high rates of obesity among children. Childhood obesity is a growing health problem that affects many children across America. Although obesity among children has been an issue for a while, it is worsening year after year.
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.
“A child who has a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for age is considered obese” (Drucker). There are many reasons that a child will be at or around this percentile. The lack of exercise and poor food habits are probably the main causes of childhood obesity. Obesity is usually the outcome if unhealthy, fatty or sugary foods are consumed with a poor amount of exercise. A Harvard study shows that “frequent, large meals high in refined grains, red meat, unhealthy fats, and sugary drinks—plays one of the largest roles in obesity”(5).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years" (Childhood Obesity Facts). There are many factors that can result in an increased risk of being overweight. Genetics, lack of physical activity, environment, and, more importantly, an individual's dietary habits are all among factors that can affect a child's risk of obesity. There are many different beliefs in this controversial topic. Some argue that fast food is responsible and that fast food advertisements are targeting children and others argue that fast food restaurants are not responsible what so ever, such as that arguments that it is a child dietary habits surrounding the meals.
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
Most of the time parents of obese children are obese themselves, and if it is not a medical issue it could be a mental health problem that causes them to eat everything that they eat. “Defining childhood obesity as abuse would put a tremendous burden on obese children’s parents”. (Yam) Bad experiences, such as divorce and separation are other ways that can cause childhood obesity. Some genetic or hormones causes of childhood obese, is caused by lots of eating and less exercising. “If a child opens up the fridge and is meet with loads of junk then that’s likely what they will eat”.
Some of these health problems include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels. Not only does childhood obesity cause health problems, but psychological ones too. Obese children are more likely to develop a low self- esteem and depression because of their negative body image. When we think about this problem, we point fingers at unhealthy fast food restaurants and school lunch programs, saying their foods and serving sizes are to blame. People argue that ad campaigns aim at young children, making them victims of the fast food industry.
The rates of obesity among American children have been increasing really rapidly, that it is becoming uncountable. There are various of factors that lead to childhood obesity. One big childhood obesity factor is the unhealthy eating habits, such as eating large amounts of junk food. Junk food just contains excessive amounts of calories and fat which is not good for the body. The foods that the children are consuming these days are really low in nutrients.
How is food advertised? What kind of food is the most advertised?Who do the food industries target when they advertise their food. Food is advertised in many different ways whether it is through social media, ads, television commercials, at schools, on public transit, and so forth. Most, food that is being advertised is food that is high in sugar, processed food, high in carbohydrates and fast food. All of these foods are very unhealthy to the children in society and as the years go by more children are being diagnosed with childhood obesity.