Eating practices that children are taught or learn during childhood affects a person later in their life whether they know or not. Multiple studies have confirmed that childhood obesity in the U.S has been on a rise for years. One out of three children in the U.S are obese, most of them face a higher risk of having medical, social and academic problems. Childhood obesity also leads to many health problems among young people. Those problems include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and many more others.
Society is immersed within a plethora of problems – one of which is juvenile obesity. Juvenile obesity is affecting many industrialized countries and is increasing yearly. According to Patricia Anderson and Kristin Butcher, authors of Childhood Obesity: Trends and Potential Causes, “ By 1999-2002, nearly 15 percent of U.S. children were considered obese” (Anderson). Knowing more and more kids are being affected by this trend is unnerving, not only in the present, but also for the future. Causing health-related issues such as diabetes and heart complications, the control of obesity is ever-relevant and needs to be addressed in a timely manner.
All these impact the problems that we are dealing with today when it comes to obesity in young children. But together we can help change how children grew up and keep them healthy and living longer lives. Obesity is the biggest threat to modern health. It is linked to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention states that 35.9% of Americans over the age of 20 are classed as obese.
This number calculates the amount of body fat based on the person’s height and weight. The higher the BMI the more body fat obese people have which leads to obesity. An adult with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. An adult with a BMI of greater than 30 is considered obese (“Adult Overweight”). While Obesity is an extremely serious problem in the U.S., this condition, except possibly for the cases of genetic and hormonal disorders, can be prevented by portion control, exercise, and eating a well-balanced diet.
In the simplest terms, obesity is an abnormal increase in fat cells that causes a person’s weight to be more than what is considered healthy for their height (Obesity: MedlinePlus). This increase of fat cells is caused over time by an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure. Excessive caloric intake combined with a sedentary lifestyle is one of the main reasons for obesity (Heitkempe). Genetic, environmental, and psychosocial factors also play a large role in obesity. The most common form of obesity is polygenic, meaning that multiple genes and environmental factors affect the disease.
Obesity is a medical condition that affects children, teenagers and adults, and in recent years has caused many disorders that are potentially life-threating. All individuals consist of fat in their body, but sometimes body can store more fat than needed in the body due to a disorder or excessive eating, therefore they would be classified as obese. According to Professor Jane Wardle, obesity rates started to rise soon after 1984 and she explained that it steadily raised under one percentage a year. Furthermore, obesity is believed to be a started from America, as throughout WW2, the world witnessed America dominate with new powers and develop new technology. This technology started to replace physical effort in both work and leisure.