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Food advertising is linked to childhood obesity, and is a great contribution to the problem. Food advertising contributes to childhood obesity in many ways. One of them being that the food advertised is unhealthy. “The mechanism of effect of media exposure on obesity may also operate through the extensive advertising messages for unhealthy foods targeted at children.” (Agarwal, Dhanasekaran) The food advertising geared towards children makes them develop unhealthy eating habits, and choices. The advertisements are usually advertising unhealthy foods, never healthy ones.
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Adults, elders, even children. In fact, the obesity rate of children increased dramatically from 1974 to 2008, going from just over 6% to just over 18% (Scinicariello and Buser 299). This has become a trend for obesity, doing nothing but rise. Children are becoming worse as the years go by, becoming jailed by the very body they live in. Several factors can lead to childhood obesity, and one of these factors may be harder to avoid than you think.
Obesity in children is a contributing factor of hypertension, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Studies have shown that 70% of obese children have one and 39% have two risk factors of CVD (CDC, 2012). With the prevalence of childhood obesity in American children, long term and short term health effects can be drastically influenced by the popularity of fast food, amount of physical activity and parental influence. Children can be conditioned to lead an unhealthy life. The increased availability of fast food has changed, so should our eating habits.
Advertising Junk Food to Children This essay will discuss whether the advertisements of junk food are reasonable to advertise and are there other aspects that help obesity to develop in children. Increasing rates of obesity appear to be common to the process of industrialisation and have been linked with many factors, including a more sedentary lifestyle and diets high in fat and sugars and an abundance of food. (Gordon, Richard, 2000) The number of children suffering from obesity has increased dramatically since the mid 1980’s in the UK. However this is not just a UK problem but also a global issue. Obesity is defined as ‘An abnormal accumulation of body fat usually 20% or more over an individual’s ideal body weight.
Several popular studies have been conducted as a result of the rise in childhood obesity. Lynn Roblin went after the topic from food and nutrient perspective in “Childhood Obesity: Food, Nutrient, and eating-habit trends and influences. Tuesday Udell and Kaye Mehta took on the perspective from a newspaper and paper media standpoint in “When two sides go to war: Newspaper reporting of ‘television food advertising restriction’ as a solution to childhood obesity”. While yet another fascinating study was performed by JaneMaree Maher, Suzanne Fraser and Jo Lindsay in the article “Between Provisioning and consuming? : Children, Mothers and ‘childhood obesity”.
There have been studies performed to research the effects of obesity on children and adolescents, which I am going to review. First, let me discuss some statistics that have been measured by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Within the past 30 years, the incidence of obesity among children has doubled and the incidence among adolescents has quadrupled ( Childhood Obesity Facts, 2014). Childhood Obesity Facts (2014) reported that in 2012, more than 1/3 of our youth suffered from being obese or overweight . An imbalance in caloric metabolism is to blame for obesity; however, this imbalance can be due to an assortment of factors (Childhood Obesity Facts, 2014), not just overeating and a lack of exercise.
In the recent decades, obesity has grown into a major health issue in the United States within young people. With 31 percent of the United States of children being obese, the United States has become the country with the highest rate of obesity in the world. Obesity is not only found among adults, but it is also now found mainly among children and teenagers. The childhood is a very important period for the initiation of obesity especially in this time. Eating practices that children are taught or learn during childhood affects a person later in their life whether they know or not.
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