Communities across the country, recognizing obesity as an issue of serious public health concern, are looking for innovative ways to halt the increasing rate of obesity (Davis 260). The rising prevalence of childhood and adult obesity can be explained in part by changes in our environment over the last 30 years; in particular, the unlimited supply of convenient, highly palatable and energy-dense foods, coupled with a lifestyle typified by low physical activity (Farooqui 5-7). Childhood obesity in America is a growing epidemic--because of advertisement of fast food, lack of physical activities, and parental control--that has lasting psychological effects. As a little enlightenment on obesity, overweight and obesity result from an imbalance involving excessive calorie consumption and/or inadequate physical activity (Buchholz 5). The increases in overweight and obesity cut across all ages, racial and ethnic groups, and both genders.
However, Kelly states that some professionals aren’t accurate when determining if a person suffers from obesity. According to the Mayo Clinic childhood obesity is when a child exceeds weight for on his height and age. There are a variety of causes when it comes to childhood obesity which is why it’s difficult to point out one specific factor. Mrs. Obama has some very interesting facts which people should pa... ... middle of paper ... ...nd to feel like an outsider because they don’t feel comfortable talking to others. One thing is for sure, falling into obesity is easier than trying to get out of it.
An imbalance in caloric metabolism is to blame for obesity; however, this imbalance can be due to an assortment of factors (Childhood Obesity Facts, 2014), not just overeating and a lack of exercise. Because of the prevalence of obesity and its effects on our youth, it is expert opinion that addressing this issue of childhood obesity is more necessary today than ever before. Before it can be addressed, though, biological and environmental factors need to be recognized (Gundersen, Mahatmya, Garasky, Lohman, 2014). Gundersen et al. (2014) explored the idea that there are psychosocial stressors in children’s lives that play a role in obesity.
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In fact, even if you’re getting plenty of calories you still run the risk of malnutrition if you make unhealthy food choices. Another reason, school should teach the student about calories. Bhatia, Tasneem, “Another Angle on Childhood Obesity--Empower the Child” “while this is encouraging, I still do not have see a national curriculum on nutrition that teaches children to budget and measure food, calories and sugar on a daily basis.” Inadequate nutrition can lead to a weakened immune system and poor wound healing, especially in older adults. As a result, the biggest cause that lead to childhood obesity is eating too much fast food. In article, Facts and Figures on childhood obesity explains “feeding infants energy-dense, high-fat, high-sugar and high-salt food is a key contributor to childhood obesity.” Americans are
There was a time when chubby children were considered cute. It was assumed that their baby fat would melt away and a healthy adult would remain. We now know that childhood obesity can be very harmful for our nations children. Not only can obesity cause health problems but also psychological problems. In recent years, policymakers and medical experts have expressed alarm about the growing problem of childhood obesity in the United States.
As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat”. Initially, some people would say that there is someone to blame for childhood obesity, the parents. Children are becoming obese because of poor health choices and ineffective parenting. According to David Rogers, public health spokesperson for the Local Government Association, "parents who allow their children to eat too much could be as guilty of neglect as those who did not feed their children at all”. However, others will argue that childhood obesity is caused by genetic and hormonal factors.
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Parents are a key factor in a children’s influence or decision on everyday food choices. Sources say that, “Maternal pregnancy obesity influences early childhood obesity, which is perpetuates as the child ages “(Crothers, Laura M, Kehle,Bray,Theodore 787).Predicting childhood obesity at such a young age seems unrealistic. Furthermore, not only can childhood obesity become a factor while the mother is pregnant, but it can also have the same domino effect as the child continues to grow. While a chil... ... middle of paper ... ...Childhood Obesity." The Washington Times 17 Dec. 2010, B01 sec.