One out of three children in the United States are obese or overweight, while only six states across the United States follow the standards from the National Association of Sports and Physical Education for Schoolchildren (Rochman). While the physical education at schools are declining in the United States because the state requirements for education are putting pressure on schools to increase the class room part and decreasing the physical education. Schools are trying to save money for the core classes math, Science, Language Arts, and History. With that lack of physical activity in schools the childhood obesity is increasing. This is causing many health problems in our youth.
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.
A major factor fo... ... middle of paper ... ...s get divorced or when the family has to move. Children often don’t know how to handle new difficult situations and they start eating. Many young adolescents have problems inside of their body what might not everyone can see on the first sight. Works Cited Currie-McGhee, Leanne K. Childhood Obesity. Vol.
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.
If this pattern continues over time, they develop more fat cells and may develop obesity. Childhood obesity will cause physical, social and emotional adversities for your child Obesity has many primary factors that can cause this disease, the main ones being: social, genetic, and economic. Nutrition, physical activity, and family factors also contribute to obesity. Children with obese parents have a fifty percent of being obese. If a child has two obese parents he’s at a higher risk of thirty percent of being obese than a child with one obese parent.
As a child what would you have picked? Children choose the types of food they need on their own, and without guidance these choices become habits. If parents are obese than there is a high possibility that their child will be as well. Eating healthy foods may cost too much for families which is a problem. With only so much to spend on food families will buy what will fill them up, which often are not the foods that are the healthiest (Watson ... ... middle of paper ... ...Food: Obesity in American Children."
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.
“The nation’s obesity epidemic has become so bad that it has taken over tobacco as the leading cause of preventable diseases” (Gaffney). Health care costs linked to obesity and resulting conditions such as diabetes and heart disease are greater than those related to smoking and excessive drinking (Gaffney). A child between the ages two to nineteen with a body mass index above the ninety-fifth percentile for his/her age, height, and sex by today’s standards are obese (Singhal). This problem is a serious medical condition and can affect many children for years to come. Today in the United States, more than seventeen percent of all children are obese (Marcus).
Because they are becoming more and more obese, children in America today may suffer the consequences of not having good health when they get older and of living a much shorter life than today’s adults. Contrary to many beliefs, “obesity, which used to be a middle-aged and later phenomenon, now, has spread to younger ages, in the context of a major decrease in physical activity” said Caleb Finch (“Wasowicz”). More than half the time, this obesity follows a child into their adulthood. Researchers are frequently asked many questions about the causes of obesity, and they are frequently finding answers. Sometimes, parents are too scared to inform their children and doctors are afraid of upsetting their patients.