With all the rejection in an overweight child's life, he or she may feel as though he doe... ... middle of paper ... ...an be detrimental to their adulthood development. The emotional toll of having childhood obesity is damaging to a child's life. Unfortunately, obesity, while being among the easiest medical conditions to recognize, is one of the most difficult to treat ("Childhood Obesity: The Effects on Physical and Mental Health | AboutOurKids.org"). The effects of childhood obesity have a long-term impact on an individual’s life in childhood, teenage years and they can even continue into adulthood ("Childhood Obesity: Emotional Effects And Sedentary Lifestyles | Mollen Foundation Preventing Childhood Obesity"). There are many ways to prevent a child from becoming obese, like healthy eating and physical activity ("Childhood Obesity - DASH/HealthyYouth").
Obese children tend to be unhappy because they often have bad health, bad social relationships, and low self-confidence. Mayo clinic staff (2012) defined childhood obesity as: Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.
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. Undoubtedly, the mixture of fast food diets along with sedentary lifestyles is creating a generation of children who are facing a serious health crisis. Children who are obese also must confront the many psychological issues that being overweight creates. Overweight children often have low self-esteem, which is made worse when they are unable to participate in normal activities such as sports or on the playground. Teen eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia develop in response to feelings of body inadequacy.
Diagnosing a child with obesity could jeopardize his or her health. Since every child grows differently the doctor would need to determine if he or she believe that they health of the child would be at risk for future health problems. If a child if wrongly put on a diet then he or she would not be getting the proper nutrients to develop healthier. There are some people that believe that is wrong doing if they put a child on a diet differen... ... middle of paper ... ...ercentage points in the fraction of students in a class who are obese relative to the presence of a fast food restaurant at 0.25 miles”. Having a fast food restaurant so close to their school has played a big part of their weight gain.
Childhood obesity is a problem that affects many children in the world. A question that you may ask about childhood obesity is does it affect children later in life in a positive or negative way? Childhood obesity does not let people succeed as children because some people are embarrassed. Later on in life, childhood obesity can adversely affect that person’s lifestyle and influence the types of food choices that they may make. There has been a huge uprising in the obesity rate among children.
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).
Many argue that children nowadays are becoming lazy, not getting enough exercise and have poor eating habits. Children are lacking fast and cheap food options that are actually healthy. Which are making people question who is to blame for this issue. Parents, schools, fast food industries and even the children themselves are just a few of the things that are to blame for this epidemic. According to Pamela Livingston’s article “Preventing and Treating Obesity” from worldbookonline.com “Obesity occurs when a person takes in more calories in the form of food than he or she burns from energy.” Livingston agues there are three main reasons obesity occurs in children: genetics, environmental, and physiological factors.
Some people are quick to blame computers, television, and other sources as the driving forces behind childhood obesity. Food for thought: Who allows the child to sit in front of the computer or television for hours? Computers and televisions have become built in babysitters for some parents Television and the Internet may contribute to obesity rates a little; however, these are not the only factors that decide whether a child becomes obese. In fact, according to the WHO survey, parents are just as much at fault for making their children obese as outside influences are. Mothers tipped the scale with 91 percent of them being primary caregivers in the telephone survey, and were the ones responsible for the foods offered to, cooked for (and chosen by) the children.
Obesity in children and teenagers has become a major problem in the world’s society. “Obesity was considered to be caused simply by eating too much, as a result of psychological problems with food: using food to deal with depression, anxiety problems, even happiness” (Currie-McGhee 220). Kids become obese because they spend too much time in front of their computers and TV’s instead of going out and moving around and exercising in the fresh air. These kids have to start fighting against being overweight with the help of their parents, an exercise group, or with special support. If these obese children live this unhealthy lifestyle they can get high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and many other diseases with risks of death.
42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013. Obesity is preventable.” It is amazing how many people have this problem. Unhealthy foods will always be dangerous to the human body and the ones that are served everywhere people and families go and get away from them. Obesity and any other disease can lead to many other horrible diseases. It can harm the body and reduce normal body function like a disease, but it can be cured and someone can return to a healthy lifestyle if they have enough determination it all depends on the person what their main goal is if to lose the weight or keep eating how they