Environment and genetics are both reliable options when it comes to a blame for obesity however one of these options may have a stronger pull over the other. Obesity is becoming a very large epidemic throughout America and has reached 90.5 million people (HMAT). While it used to be something that people just “were” it is now described as common “condition” in which people have more body fat then necessary and over 2/3 of people are considered to be obese (Medicine Net). Many diseases are associated with obesity and the epidemic is growing every year and becoming more harmful to America’s health. With adults gaining more and more weight yearly children are starting to follow in their paths becoming obese at an extremely young age with over 12 million children being overweight (HMAT).
“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.
The emotional toll of having childhood obesity is very damaging on a child's life. Depression is one emotional side effect of having childhood obesity. One in three American children are overweight or obese (Allen). Reports of childhood depression have also increased and the two issues are usually related to one another (Allen). Eric Storch says that people we interact with has a lot to do with who we are and how we act (Allen).
The American Heart Association reported in the article “Overweight and Obesity” that 23.9 million children between the ages two to nineteen in the United States are overweight or obese. The effects of obesity in children are immediate health problems as well as long term health problems. According to the WebMD article “Children’s Health” states that “children have fewer weight-related health and medical problems than adults. However, overweight children are at high risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults, placing them at risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes later in life.” Obesity has negative effects on children, which raises concern, because lon... ... middle of paper ... ...iatrics is a credible source because is an organization made up of 60,000 pediatricians dedicated to the health, safety, and well being of infants, children, and teens. The article explained how children should be allowed no more than one to two hours of media time.
Another factor that influences childhood obesity is heredity. Infants born to overweight mothers are found to be less active than other infants. Parents are the primary contributors of childhood obesity based on statistics, obesity risks, and government plans that show childhood obesity is a dangerous rising problem in the United States. Statistics demonstrate childhood obesity is a rising problem in the United States. “A major example is that there is a prevalence of obesity of children aged to 6 to 11 increases from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2009” (CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health).
More and more children, especially of schoolage years, are becoming obese and experiencing health problems as a result. There are many causes of obesity in children and adolescents, which include genetic predisposition, socio-economic status, poor dietary habits and physical inactivity. Physical inactivity is one of the major contributors to childhood obesity. The national recommendation for children aged five and above is at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity activity each day (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, 2010). However, results from the School Health Policies and Program Study indicate that only 3.8% of elementary schools offered daily physical education classes (McKenzie et al., 2010).
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”.
Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States resulting in medical illnesses and shortened life span, action needs to be taken to eat a healthy diet and incorporate exercise into daily life. Among children today, obesity is causing a wide range of health problems that in the past were not seen until adulthood. These include heart disease, respiratory disease, bone fractures and diabetes. There are also psychological effects; obese children are more likely to have low self-esteem, negative body image, eating disorders and depression. Excess weight at a young age has tracked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood.
Knowing what is put into children’s mouths can enable them to live a healthy and happy life. Childhood Obesity has increased fivefold in the U.S. Childhood Obesity has increase from 6.1% to n18.4% in ages 12-19. “Recent data suggest that nearly 15 percent of U.S. youngsters and almost one third of adults are obese” (Holgun, 2).This disease is of no. 1 concern among parents because it can lead to other deadly diseases. Childhood Obesity is now causing doctors to see health problems that usually are not seen until adulthood (Overweight in Children, 7).