Her BMI would be 33.2, which would put her in the 95th percentile. It is not healthy for young children to weigh more than they are supposed to for their age and height. Childhood obesity is an epidemic that has been taken lightly for quite a while. The risk of obesity falls between genetics and environment. Certain genetic factors along with lifestyle and different cultures influence a child’s health.
Now some people are just naturally overweight, but being “overweight” is not the same as being “obese.” Someone who is overweight has reached a maximum weight limit for their height. When someone goes beyond this maximum limit, then they are considered “obese” (Kiess 1). Research shows that “obesity is generally defined as the abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat in adipose tissue” (Kiess 1). The increase in childhood obesity today is mainly the fault of the parent because they are unable to tell their children “no” when it comes to junk food (Kiess 104). Parents are the one buying all the food that comes into the house.
Childhood Obesity is of the most concerning diseases among children today; fast food is one of the main causes because people are uneducated about it. One out of three kids in the U.S. is overweight (Overweight in Children, 6). Fast food has been proven to be a huge factor in this childhood disease. Kids meals are overloaded with calories and high in fat. Knowing what is put into children’s mouths can enable them to live a healthy and happy life.
As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat”. Initially, some people would say that there is someone to blame for childhood obesity, the parents. Children are becoming obese because of poor health choices and ineffective parenting. According to David Rogers, public health spokesperson for the Local Government Association, "parents who allow their children to eat too much could be as guilty of neglect as those who did not feed their children at all”. However, others will argue that childhood obesity is caused by genetic and hormonal factors.
Guidelines show that children over two years old should at least get sixty minutes of vigorous activity a day ("Overweight and obesity,"2009). The average family is busier today than ever, which causes parents to rush meals and not take the time to plan nutritious hom... ... middle of paper ... ...hier eating habits; and Improved health literacy. Many suffer from this disease, and the simple act of living becomes a task. The writer hopes that if an individual agreed with being obese before reading this essay has opened their eyes and has became motivated to make a change. At the accomplishment of achieving these goals, many deaths and illnesses can be prevented in America.
Sixty-five percent of children that are obese will remain obese in their adult years (Obese Parents Influence Children’s Weight). As the obesity epidemic rages on in America today, many people place the blame of childhood obesity on the children themselves; they believe that children are consuming too much fast food and junk food, that they do not get enough exercise, and that they are simply too lazy to exercise, causing them to become overweight. Recently, researchers have started to hypothesize a completely contradicting theory: parents are the ones responsible for childhood obesity. With over 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants in America as of June 2012 (Rosenberg), it is not surprising that the first common belief of childhood obesity is that it is caused by fast food. According to Katie Bogue, Americans will eat fast food about four to five times per week.
Children may not understand the complexities of food intake or obesity but they continue to be affected by the issue. The reality is that if a parent enables their kids to make poor eating choices as children; they will struggle as adults to make the right eating choices. Many factors contribute to childhood obesity but the major factors are living sedentary lifestyles along with poor nutrition and over consumption of fatty foods. Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English language defines obese as excessively fat; corpulent (bulkiness or largeness of body); overweight. According Charles Stuart Platkin, PhD, (2009) the child's Body Mass Index (BMI)-the number calculated from a person's weight and height- provides a reliable indicator of body fatness.
When it comes to the topic of childhood obesity, most of us will readily agree that there are long-term medical affects associated with childhood obesity. The National Institute of Health states that obese children are more likely to become obese adults. Adult obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers (National Institute of Health). Where this argument usually ends, however, is on the question of who is to blame. Whereas some are convinced that the government and the food industry are to blame, others maintain that parents are primarily bearing this burden.
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.
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.