Obesity Among Children And Teenagers

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An Exponentially Growing Epidemic In the United States, nearly 1 in 3 children between the ages 2 to 19 is overweight or obese. Such problem, now declare by The World Health Organization as an epidemic, seems unstoppable if no action is taken. Obesity among children and teenagers increases health problems while negatively altering their physical appearance; however, encouraging a healthier lifestyle in their early years will assure a better life quality. Growing up with bad eating habits has encouraged more and more obesity among children and teenagers, which eventually has led to developing many other physical health problems. Eating habits have result challenging and problematic among Americans, due to the fact, America is known for cheap, huge, and delicious processed food, while also offering expensive fruits and vegetables. When most parents have to decide what to feed their young children, they usually go for accessible products that are tasty, cheap, fast and easy to prepare. Unfortunately, such products aren’t as natural as one would like them to be, full of chemicals, sugars and GMO’S, they are unhealthy. Consequently, eating this type of food, has not only lead to gaining fat, but also many other resulting health issues. Obese people are more likely to suffer all kinds of problems, as respiratory, cardiovascular, immunological, gastrointestinal, hormonal and orthopedic ones. Some specific ones include, type 2 diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea and impaired mobility. ( Walter Burniat Tim J. Cole; Inge Lissau; Elizabeth M. E. Poskitt 2002 ) Children suffer not only of obesity, but also of the resulting malfunctions that have to be taken care, swallowing pills, limiting their activities and resulting in a less comfortable lifes... ... middle of paper ... ...t aren’t athletic. However, the system can be modified to be a class graded based on participation rather than having abilities. Schools are an important source of education and knowledge among children and teenagers, while requiring health workshops and physical education classes, obesity will be controlled. In conclusion, obesity continues to increase among children and teenagers causing serious physical, mental and social problems, it is an issue that must be solved quickly to guarantee children a better life. Obesity by itself is already a health problem, however it is more likely for those suffering it to develop even more problems. A healthier life style can be enhanced through education both from parents as from the school. Finally, improving eating and physical activity habits will contribute to decrease such epidemic while helping have a more enjoyable life.
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