Childhood Obesity : A Growing Epidemic

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Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic this this county. Did you know that one in six school aged children (ages 6-19) are obese? Based on studies obesity is more common among boys than girls’ ages 6-11 years old. Childhood obesity is a disease that continues to increase around the world. North America has managed to triple childhood obesity rates over the past four decades. North America also falls within one of the highest obesity rates in the World. Childhood obesity can lead to major consequences if not treated. The rising issue of childhood obesity can be decreased if society would take a stand and accurately evaluate the causes. A child is considered to be obese when their weight is above the average based on their sex and age.…show more content…
Obesity can also effect the overall functions of the body’s organs. Biggest organ at risk includes the heart. The risk of heart disease increases when there is excess fat tissue in your body. Excessive fat requires your heart to work twice as hard to continuously pump blood an oxygen throughout body. More blood vessels are needed to deliver oxygenated blood to those tissues. When the body suffers with excessive fat around the heart it can cause arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). A child’s lungs can also suffer from damage. While your heart work twice as hard so are your lungs. Similar to the arteries surrounding the heart, a child’s lungs are in danger due to excess fat. Lack of healthy functioning lungs can mean blood vessels may not be getting enough oxygen. When a person is obese it causes the abdominal wall and around the surrounding organs movement to decrease. Lack of movement then causes the diaphragm to reduce lung expansion, making a person more short of breath. Large amounts of adipose tissue (loose connective tissue) destroys the organs overall capacity for air which can lead to problems such as poor ventilation. The brain is also poorly affected by obesity. It is known to potentially reduce the size of our orbitofrontal cortex. Our orbitofrontal cortex is in charge of cognitive processing. Decision making is made by this. Our orbitofrontal cortex can cause our bodies to eat out of impulse verses actual hunger if not properly working.
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