Childhood Obesity And Its Effects

1551 Words Mar 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in our nation. Currently, more than one in six American children is obese, which is three times the rate as that of the 1970s [1]. Obesity contributes significantly to cardiovascular disease, different types of cancers, as well as diabetes. About 70% of obese children/adolescents have at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as hyperlipidemia and hypertension, and almost 40% of obese youths have at least two additional risk factors. Increase in rates of childhood obesity is also associated with higher rates of type 2 diabetes; as youth now make up almost half of newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes in certain communities. The increasing trends of childhood obesity as well as obesity-related comorbidities may seriously undermine the future health of the nation’s population while increasing healthcare costs exponentially.

The “weight bias” portrayed by current media may worsen stigmatization while hindering children and their parents from helping them lose weight. Studies on news media coverage trends showed that by 2003, the topic of childhood obesity was regularly and frequently on news media’s agenda. This remained until 2007, after which coverage has decreased. According to Barry et al, changes in news media framing have occurred over time and differ significantly depending on news source. New magazines in general are much more likely to mention individual causes of childhood obesity, compared to newspapers and television. News…
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