Obesity has been around for many years but has always been known to be an adult issue. Sadly obesity has now been discovered in children and has become one of the deadliest issues America faces. Childhood obesity has tripled within the past three decades and one in three children in the United States is considered to be obese. Overweight and obese children are at risk of developing high cholesterol, hypertension, respiratory ailments, orthopedic problems, depression and type 2 diabetes. According to Ashford library studies reveals that “40% of obese children and 70% of obese adolescents will become obese adults”.
Obesity has increased drastically in today’s society. Alarmingly, present day generations show childhood obesity to be a growing crisis. Viewed as an epidemic, childhood obesity is sweeping across the United States and creating a public health crisis (Henry). Obesity in young children is contributed by different factors. Many are based off of lifestyles and peer pressure in schools and in households.
Within the past three years obesity among children has tripled. Childhood obesity is considered the number one health threat in America. Childhood obesity has become a major issue facing America. And today over “nine million” (Selicia 4, May) United States children are overweight and obese. Sadly “2 million” (Tanner 2005) of these children are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
A current controversial issue surrounding our society today is the relationship between fast food restaurants and childhood obesity. Obesity has always been a problem in the United States; however, it has become an even greater problem in recent years. According to the Mayo Clinic, childhood obesity is defined as "when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height" (Disease and Conditions: Childhood Obesity). Nearly 20 percent of children and adolescents are now overweight and the obesity rate among preschool aged children is increasing at an alarming speed (Childhood Obesity Facts). 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).
Between the years 1980 and 2000, the obesity rate nearly doubled among the adults in the United States. The sad thing is that even after knowing these facts, people do not practice healthy eating habits that can help prevent obesity, or at least lower the obesity rate. Moreover, the rate of childhood obesity has doubled in just 30 years. It is not the excess fat that is the issue; it is the problems and health risks that come along with it. About 70% of obese youth are at risk for one cardiovascular disease, including cancer of the breast, colon, kidney, pancreas, and etc.
According to the film Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood, advertising has caused increased obesity in children. As reported by CBS news, “Obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in young teenagers”. This rise in obesity has been directly linked to advertising; in that, children who spend much time on media are likely to have obesity related disorders such as depression and anxiety (Juliet Schor). Obesity is one of the many life threatening disorders today. According to Pam Belluck a reporter of New York Times, children’s life expectancy is being cut short by obesity (Belluck).
There is a saying, “you are what you eat” which certainly appears to be true. Childhood obesity has become a nationwide epidemic. Canada has seen a massive increase in the number of unhealthy and obese children in the past twenty years. But who is to blame for this problem? People tend to blame socioeconomic factors and the mass media for their children’s weight problems.
Childhood Obesity is on the rise in the United States. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, “childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008[…] adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%.” (CDC 2010) Parents have started to file complaints with school districts and state representatives about the lack of attention this issue is receiving. There have been several references to the school lunch program and the lack of physical activity that children are provided during the school day. On the other side, some parents believe that the government should not be involved and does not have the right to tell the students what they should or should not eat.
“One out of three children are obese.” (Harris) Junk food being sold in schools contributes to childhood obesity. Since various schools teach the subject health, and about healthy living in general, they should not be hypocritical. Saying to eat healthy, then selling junk food is contradictory, ironic, and perverse. Overall, completely banning junk food from being sold in
Heart Disease Caused By Childhood Obesity “In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.” (CDC) Childhood obesity is a problem that has inundated society for many decades. Almost anywhere that you go, you’ll see a magazine article or some sort of poster regarding childhood obesity. Childhood obesity can be defined as a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child’s health or well-being. Majority of adults care about their weight because self-image is a very important factor in their lives, but when it comes down to children, many pay their weight a very minimal amount of attention. Due to the superfluous rise in the number of obese children over the past couple of decades, doctors and physicians have become concerned about this trend.