The Issue of Childhood Obesity

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This issue of childhood obesity is growing out of control. There havev been many efforts to increase awareness in order to help children become more fit. Success for these attempts have not been too successful. Many children who get on a diet do not complete it. As a result, they do not reach their expected weight loss goal. Childhood obesity is dangerous because there are a lot of potential complications that can be faced if it is not handled. Becoming obese during childhood can result in obesity later on; it can also impact the quality of the child’s life; and children also become more susceptible to diseases later on. Due to the statistics that are shown for the growing rate of childhood obesity, it is wondered if childhood obesity is a result of parental neglect. The current debate is what can be done to help childhood obesity. If indeed it is a result of parental neglect, what can be done to get parents in check to control this ongoing epidemic? While childhood obesity is a serious illness, contributing factors must be understood before a solution can be developed. Childhood obesity may be a result of parental neglect. However, children control certain things that they do. Parents are not always around when their child eats. Therefore, it cannot entirely be their fault. Having a better understanding of childhood obesity and all contributing factors can help lead to a clearer and better understanding of what effects this has on the child’s life overall. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) there were 90.6 million obese individuals in 2010 (Ogden, Carroll, and et al). This represents approximately 36% of the total population. In 2010, it was determined that out of the 36% of obese person... ... middle of paper ... ...3): 483-490.. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. "Childhood obesity facts. ." CDC. N.p., 19 Feb 2013. Web. . Gronbaek, H. "'we've always eaten healthil'y: Family narratives about causes of their child's obesity and their motivation for taking action. ." Nordic Psychology. 60.3 (2008): 183-208. Web. Graves, T, A Meyers, and L Clark. "An evaluation of parental problem-solving training in the behavioral treatment of childhood obesity." Journal of Counsulting and Clinical Psychology. 56.2 (1998): 246-250. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. White, D. "Treatment of mild, moderate, and severe obesity in children." Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne. 27.3 (1986): 262-274. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. White, D. "Treatment of mild, moderate, and severe obesity in children." Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne. 27.3 (1986): 262-274. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.
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