Childhood obesity is becoming more and more common as the years go by. The physical health issues of being obese are bad enough for the child, but what about the emotional toll of being obese? Most obese children have to deal with more than just losing their excess weight. Having childhood obesity can lead to having depression, a low self-esteem, and social stigmatization. The emotional toll of having childhood obesity is very damaging on a child's life.
Childhood obesity has become huge epidemic in the United States. It is becoming one of the biggest health problems in America. Children are facing serious health concerns by not having the proper diet and exercise needed on a day-to-day basis. There are many different perspectives on how obesity should be treated and prevented. Many argue that children nowadays are becoming lazy, not getting enough exercise and have poor eating habits.
People characterize them as ugly, lazy, and lacking willpower (Torkos 42). These stereotypes can cause an overweight child to have low self esteem which can lead to a much more serious problem, depression. The childhood obesity epidemic needs to be prevented, and the only way to do that is addressing the main causes. Childhood obesity has become a major problem in recent years due to lack of daily physical activity, inappropri... ... middle of paper ... ...gazinesDetailsWindow?query=&prodId=OVIC&displayGroupName=Magazines&limiter=&source=&disableHighlighting=true&displayGroups=&sortBy=&search_within_results=&action=2&catId=&activityType=&documentId=GALE%7CA341533028&userGroupName=wsalemhs&jsid=7299b8c16b5cc9feebb1d4ebb00b4ab1>. Smith, Elizabeth.
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).
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.
Obesity results from an imbalance involving excessive calorie consumption and/or inadequate physical activity. In addition, obesity is mediated by genetic, behavioral, cultural, and environmental factors. The health impact from childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects, negative consequences that include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and mental health problems. There are lots of reasons why childhood obesity in America is on the rise. Doctors agree that there are two primary factors in creating obese children: children and teenagers adhering to unhealthy eating habits and getting less and less exercise on a daily basis.
These practices foster bad eating habits. Instead, if children replaced the “junk food” they eat with foods that are low calorie and have a good nutritional value their risk of becoming obese would be greatly diminished. Together this lack of exercise and tendency to snack is the root cause of childhood obesity. In 1999 nearly 13% of children (ages 6 to 11) and 14% of adolescents (ages 12 to 19) were considered overweight. These figures have tripled... ... middle of paper ... ...r causes that can lead people to be depressed.
The percentage of obese children in the United States has risen from 5% in 1980 to almost 20% in 2012. Factors such as food choices and fitness levels are contributing greatly to this problem. Obese children eventually become obese adults and bring along with them many adverse medical conditions. These medical conditions such as diabetes are known to be severe and place a shorter life expectancy on the people it affects. Ultimately, what is at stake here is childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States due to people’s failure to eat the proper foods and as a result of children followin... ... middle of paper ... .... Langwith, Jacqueline.
Socioeconomics discusses how race, culture, and the environment can all cause obesity in children. The socioeconomic factors are what cause an unhealthy diet and a lack of exercise in children. Being able to discuss how these three factors contribute to childhood obesity helps us to find the root of childhood
Also Childhood obesity is a consequential medical condition that affects the youth and adolescence of society. This disorder creates health problems that were once only seen in adults, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Although childhood obesity is a worldwide issue, the percentage of overweight children differs, especially throughout the United States. There are many causes and negative effect that led to childhood obesity.