Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that can affect children and teenagers. It is diagnosed when a child is above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Obesity is “one of the most stigmatizing and least socially acceptable conditions in childhood” ("Childhood Obesity: Emotional Effects And Sedentary Lifestyles | Mollen Foundation Preventing Childhood Obesity"). Childhood obesity is really dangerous because all the extra pounds often start children on the path to bad health problems. Childhood obesity is becoming more and more common as the years go by.
What is one of the most serious problems for children in North America today? These days, many people suffer from obesity in North America and, it causes problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and early mortality. A lot of people think that obesity is a problem only for adults, but now obesity has become one of the most serious problems for children in North America. Childhood obesity occurs when children are overweight and this is measured by body mass index (BMI). Obese children tend to be unhappy because they often have bad health, bad social relationships, and low self-confidence.
Obesity affects both adults and children but it is more chronic to young children. This paper will look at the analysis of diabetes in young children, obesity, health education strategies and communication strategies used in nursing care and control of diabetes (Benjamin, 2011, 108). Summary of the article Obesity in children has become a serious health issue, in the United States of America. The disease causes problems that persist, as children grow older and has the capability of affecting the quality and length of their lives as adults. Younger children are now at high risk of becoming obese.
It affects everyone but the ones that suffer the most are the children. From the age of an infant all the way through their teenage years. Children are affected by obesity by the poor choices made by their parents when they are young. Then later on by the choices they make themselves. Because of these bad choices in food, eating too much and lack of exercise these children will become obese at a young age.
Childhood obesity Numerous children are victims of a variety of health problems inflicted by the deficiency of good nutrition and physical activity. Childhood obesity is a national epidemic and is continuously growing rapidly. Obesity is an excessive amount of body fat in relation to body mass, being overweight is your body weight in relation to your height (L. Marcus Ph. D and A. Baron M.S.W.). Obesity is the most distinct medical condition but the most difficult condition to treat.
If these obese children live this unhealthy lifestyle they can get high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and many other diseases with risks of death. Childhood obesity is a major problem in the world that could be controlled with a healthy lifestyle of exercises and eating. Obesity is not having a few extra pounds. Obesity is an illness. Obese people have an excessive accumulation of body fat percentage that have negative effects on their lifestyle.
It is thought that overeating and lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating habits causes weight gains among adults and children. It is a major concern today and needs to be corrected. There have been so many studies about the obesity among the children today. Should the parents be blamed? Millions of children are obese today.
The quality of life suffers, as it is difficult to enjoy exercise or move. Another result is lack of self-esteem, this can lead to depression, eating disorders, and crash diets. The country is also affected, because it becomes very expensive for the government to provide advanced medical care such as heart transplants. Unhealthy citizens are also less productive, and their children learn poor eating habits. However, in order to understand efforts that can be made to prevent childhood obesity, it is essential to know how parental and home environments affect obesity prevalence, the role television and media play, and the care cost of childhood obesity.
For example, children from this type of living lack the finances to shop for healthier more expensive foods. Socioeconomic status is defined by ones education, income, occupation, and is also known to include the social standing of a group or individual (Education and Socioeconomic Status 1). This could lead many people in this status to take up unhealthy eating habits. Children that live in a low socioeconomic lifestyle become the victims of this unhealthy eating and the obesity epidemic that has hit the United States is a result of that. In addition, children that eat too many calories pick up excess weight because of the lack of energy being burned through physical activity (Bales, Coleman, Wallinga 1).