Childhood Obesity And Its Effects On Children

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Did you know that childhood obesity has tripled in last 30 years? According to Spark, a web site about childhood obesity, a child is considered obese if their BMI(Body Mass Index) is 30 or higher. This is a serious medical condition. It can lead to a variety of serious diseases and have physiological and psycological impact on the children, moreover it can cause issues in their social lives. Childhood obesity is prevalent in both developed and developing countries. Home, schools, and the community environments for children in the modern world are the main factors contributing to childhood obesity. Therefore, we need to intervene and improve those areas at once to reduce childhood obesity and be able to raise healthy children. Childhood obesity is associated with a lot of health-related problems and leads to health risks in adulthood. Problems with obesity are not only physiological but psychological and social as well. Physically, overweight children run the risk of heart diseases, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, gall bladder disease and asthma(Spark). The cost of obesity is very high. Obese people have to pay not only in their reduced lifespan but also more in their medical bills. Obese children tend to have a negative body image, which lowers their self-esteem. Most of them feel dispirited and are nervous about their obesity issue. These cause stress and can negatively affect their behavior. These children can be discriminated by their peers in school, and have some
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