In the recent decades, obesity has grown into a major health issue in the United States within young people. With 31 percent of the United States of children being obese, the United States has become the country with the highest rate of obesity in the world. Obesity is not only found among adults, but it is also now found mainly among children and teenagers. The childhood is a very important period for the initiation of obesity especially in this time. Eating practices that children are taught or learn during childhood affects a person later in their life whether they know or not.
Did you know more than 35% of adults and 17% of children and adolescents ages 2 – 19 in the United States are considered Obese (Bucci 32). Obesity is a huge growing problem in not just the United States but everywhere that needs to be controlled. The U.S is the fattest country in the world with Mexico as a close second. Fast Food and Technology are some of the main reasons you usually think of when you think of causes of Obesity, but did you ever think that Parents and Family members have a huge part in the cause of Obesity? Family Influence can cause obesity in children by not eating healthy.
Planned family meals with better food selections helps to avoid junk and fast foods. Sometimes genetic factors may play a part in obesity. However, a genetic predisposition can encourage the family unit to a more active role to fight childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is on the rise among American children. Children become obese because of various genetic, behavioral and environmental factors.
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.
N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2014. Bishop, Jennifer. "Childhood Obesity."
Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States resulting in medical illnesses and shortened life span, action needs to be taken to eat a healthy diet and incorporate exercise into daily life. Among children today, obesity is causing a wide range of health problems that in the past were not seen until adulthood. These include heart disease, respiratory disease, bone fractures and diabetes. There are also psychological effects; obese children are more likely to have low self-esteem, negative body image, eating disorders and depression. Excess weight at a young age has tracked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood.
Now the food industry including fast food has been getting more and more modified. What Americans eat is not organic anymore and is taking its toll. The fast food industry has been making advertisements and foods focused upon youth. Since the original commercials directed towards children, it has nearly tripled since the rise of technology. Technology has been growing rapidly as obesity is, statistics show that with the advancement of technology, the population starts to slow down, stop exercising and eating healthier foods.