Caitlyn Bueler. 12 March 2017. Dr.Riggs. English Comp Ii.
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12 March 2017
English Comp II Childhood Obesity and The Government “Childhood obesity is an condition in which a child is significantly overweight for her or his age and height.” (Mayo Clinic) With childhood obesity rates on the rise, concern among Americans is also heightening, and rightfully so. Due to this concern, many are asking, should the government be stepping in more with childhood obesity cases? Should more regulations and laws be passed to prevent childhood obesity in our children? What can our government do to help with this devastating epidemic? The government should enact higher regulations, education, and activity levels in adolescents to prevent the rise of childhood obesity rates. What is…show more content… When combining these two factors, there is a high risk for developing childhood obesity. However, factors such as genetics, psychological factors, and socioeconomic factors can all play a role in the development of childhood obesity. (Walley) When a child’s family is unhealthy and overweight, it increases the chances that the child will be overweight as well, especially in a household with an unhealthy food supply and lack of encouragement for physical activity. Psychological factors, such as stress, depression, anxiety, and poor self-image all can lead to weight gain in children due to stress eating and lack of motivation to exercise. (Strauss) Also, when a child grows up in a struggling household where the parents opt to buy unhealthy food due to the cost, and the lack of a safe place to exercise, the risk for obesity in children is higher. (Mayo Clinic) Childhood obesity can affect a child’s physical, emotional, and social well being. Physically, childhood obesity can cause type two diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep disorders, and fatty liver disease. (CDC) Socially and emotionally, child obesity can cause low self-esteem, bullying issues, behavior problems, learning problems, depression, and anxiety. (healthychildren.org) These are all very