Childhood Obesity : A Serious Medical Condition That Affects Children And Adolescents

991 Words Feb 26th, 2016 4 Pages
If current adolescent obesity rates continue, predictions say by 2035 there will be more than 100,000 additional cases of heart disease linked to obesity (Collins 1). Childhood obesity has become more of an epidemic over the last few years. Although there are debates of childhood obesity being a problem, several factors contribute to childhood obesity such as parental feeding styles and fast food, nonetheless, which can all be prevented. Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. In order to determine if a child or adolescent is obese, their Body Mass Index (BMI) must be calculated. To calculate the BMI, he/she must get their weight in kilograms, divided by their height squared in centimeters. This calculation will be placed on a BMI-for-age chart to conclude if he or she is obese (“Calling Obesity A Problem” 1). Parental influence, including feeding style, is the major determinant of childhood dietary behavior through altering food provision and social environment (Lo 1). This is not surprising though. There are plenty of children that want to be just like their mom or just like their dad. Parents are always talking of wanting to be good role models for their children, but still tend to eat junk and un-dietary foods. If the child sees their parents eating bad junk food, they are going to follow in their footsteps. If they see their parents…
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