Effects of Childhood Obesity

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“This might be the first generation where kids are dying at a younger age than their parents and it's related primarily to the obesity problem.” Judy Davis. Childhood obesity is not a new term by an means but in the last few years it has grown in popularity. Some call childhood obesity the next “national epidemic”, sounds pretty scary especially when it’s effecting the youngest of Americans. Obesity is among one of the easiest medical condition to recognize but is the most difficult to treat. Children who are overweight are 10x more likely to become overweight adults unless they change their eating habits and exercise. (“Childhood Obesity. Pg 1). 30% of adult obesity begins in childhood, it is also said obesity is the cause of 300,000 deaths a year and cost society an estimated $100 billion a year. Today, about one third of American’s children and teens are considered to be overweight or obese, it has nearly tripled in size since 1963 (“Childhood Obesity”. Pg 1). Obesity is causing numerous health problems that typically aren’t seen until adulthood. Childhood obesity can effect the physical, emotional, and social well-being of a child.
Overweight children, as compared to children with a healthy weight are more likely to develop health problems. A child suffering from obesity is a higher risk of getting high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which are associated with heart diesease in adults. (“Childhood”. Pg 2.) These contribute to the bulidup of plaques in the arteries, which can cause the arteries to narrow and harden, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke later down the line. Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes...

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... that children who were teased about being overweight were more likely to have poor body image, low self-esteem, and symptoms of depression. The results of the study foun that 26% of teens who were teased at school and home reported they had considered suicide, and 9% had attempted it. (“Obesity” pg. 1) Some overweight children might start to emotional eating, instead finding comfort in their peers they turn to enemy which is food adding more calories to their plate. Researchers state that no matter your age, carrying around extra weight has its psychological consequences (“Childhood Obesity Take” pg. 1) “It’s not simply being overweight that leads to depression” said Eric Storch at the Department of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of South Flordia “It’s being overweight and getting a bunch of crap about it from peers that leads to anxiety or depression.”
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