In the recent decades, obesity has grown into a major health issue in the United States. Obesity in the United States has become the country with the highest rate of obesity in the world. Obesity seems not to be only found in adults anymore, appears to be found among children and it’s a serious life threatening. Childhood obesity turned into a medical situation that children are destined to suffer from psychological, health problems and health care cost that affect children’s.
Today, about one in every three children, in America, are obese or overweight. Child obesity is a health issue where a child is obese for their body mass index (BMI). A child has to be in between the eighty-fifth and ninety-fifth percentile to be considered overweight. According to (heart.org), ”The prevalence of obesity in children more than tripled from 1971 to 2011.. With good reason, childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in the United States, topping drug abuse and smoking.” (heart.org) Child Obesity is an increasing problem in the United States due to poor nutritional habits, lack of physical exercise and an increase in availability of fast food. Child obesity also leads to long term physical and mental health problems. Although, there are many negative effects of child obesity, there are slight changes that can be made to slow or stop childhood obesity. Prevention can be managed by keeping a balanced diet and staying active.
Childhood obesity is considered to be a serious issue among our youth. Obesity can cause many types of physical problems, which most are aware of, but it can also cause some undesirable internal feelings within children and adolescents who suffer from it. Self-esteem, or self-worth, is important as it helps develop personality and is a major ingredient to our mental health status (Wang, F. and Veugelers, P. J., 2008). Some have said obesity may even have a negative effect on cognitive development, as well. There have been studies performed to research the effects of obesity on children and adolescents, which I am going to review.
Over the past decades, many parents did not have to get a child to move around. The children would regularly play all day long without being asked; however, nowadays the young children aren 't playing enough themselves and the children need their peers to tell them to go play outside. The peers would need need to promote the children with resources to keep them moving. As a matter of fact, the lack of exercise is a major problem, and it is increasing each year; especially, the rate of disease that were found in young adults can now be found in young children because of lack of exercise. Therefore, as the director of this facility in for future reference, the research I 'm focusing is base on the children 's improving in physical health to prevent any disease in the future or at least to minimize the situation problem of obesity that is occurring right now in the 21st century. In addition, play is an important product for young children which can also help them have opportunities to enrich in their learning and be active youngsters. It is a new exploration where children can be active during play time, which play can help having bad health problems in the future. It is letting the children to gain weight and determining their health issues to worsen than making it better for them. For instance, the Scientist are now finding out new health problems that isn 't noticeable until adulthood just like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, cancer and
“From 1980 to 2004, the prevalence of overweight children ages 6 to 11 nearly tripled” author Tara Dea explains her position on the situation and presents possible reasons for the increase in child obesity. Dispute in America and all over the world and specifically concerning with youth, is a growing area of concentration. Is it the parents, socio-economic status, or television commercials that lead the child’s future into obesity and why is obesity such a scary thing?
In order to decrease childhood obesity, we need to educate parents on the significance of preventing childhood obesity, offer healthier foods choices, such as fruit and vegetables, and decrease TV and video game use in favor of exercise, such as cardio and other physical activities. In line with the world health organization or WHO (2011) in their 2010 statistical records, there are already 40- (42) million children global under the age of five (five) who 're obese. It was additionally said that obese youngsters are likely to stay obese until adulthood and then sooner or later broaden sicknesses at an early age. Examples of those illnesses are diabetes and cardiovascular sicknesses (WHO, 2011). Due to these statistics and the drive to resolve this problem, March is named as the national nutrition month of United States to remind everyone about this health issue. But it must be kept in mind that action towards the fight for healthier children must not only happen during March, however entire 12 months round as this impacts their destiny.
Childhood obesity is described as a condition whereby excessive body fat interferes or affects child’s wellbeing and health. The condition is often diagnosed based on the Body Mass Index (BMI) since it is considerably difficult to determine the body fat directly. This condition is now recognized as a serious issue requiring public health concern owing to the increased of its prevalence among the children. To avoid stigmatization, overweight is often used in children rather than obese (Ogden, 2014).
Obesity costs Canada billions of dollars in health care per year (Tran, Ohinmaa, Kuhle, Johnson, & Veugelers, 2014). Obesity impacts individual’s ability to participate in and contribute to society fully due to the psychological and physical consequences, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancers (Tran et al., 2014). Risk factors for obesity include poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle (Tran et al., 2014). In an Alberta based study looking at the impact of school-based programming in preventing childhood obesity, Tran et al. (2014) predicted two thirds of current Canadian youth are likely to become overweight or obese at some point in their lives and found promotion of healthy eating and active living is most effective in childhood, as it has the potential to create healthier lifestyle choices that persist into adulthood. In addition, comprehensive education about healthy eating and active living benefits children long term by increasing levels of knowledge, improving attitudes, promoting self-efficacy, and enhancing leadership skills related to making healthy choices (Tran et al., 2014). Fostering healthy eating and active living through school-based education has the potential to save the nation millions of dollars in health care costs in the years to come (Tran et al., 2014).
In America, there are many children and adolescents that are suffering from nutrition issues. According to the (CDC), there was 16 percent of children from the ages of 6-19 years-old that was overweight in 2002. Health and nutrition for children around this age are very critical to their growth and development. As I have learned in this class the media and the promotions of junk food in one of the biggest problems that affect children with obesity. In this paper, I address the long and short term impacts that obesity has on children, in their growth and development. I will also describe a specific of a child who is affected by obesity, and give three ways to help obesity that involves schools, families, the community.
What is childhood obesity? Childhood obesity can be described as the excessive accumulation of fat that might impair the health of a child. This is a medical condition that has a huge impact on children and teenagers. Every individual has a body shape that is just right for his or her changes. It is important for children to be taught that excessive eating is bad for their health and should be supervised. (Lachal, 2013)
Anyone can be obese at any age. Obesity is defined as having an excess of body fat. According to Huang and Horlick (2007), “Childhood obesity continues to rise in the United States, with now over 17% of children and adolescents considered overweight.” There are many factors that are associated with obesity including lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, genetic factors, and environment all play a role. Hormone is another factor that is considered to be rare. A study by the Institute of the Medicine (2001) shows that weight problems in families are a result of shared family life style habits.
America, home of the brave, land of the free and plagued with obesity. For many years this country has fallen victim to obesity and the many effects that it has as a direct result. America has become the fattest nation in the world even though it is more advanced than most countries. We as Americans tend to consume whatever we want whenever we want and this has begun to affect our future. The children of America have fallen victim to ignorance and influence when it comes to obesity. Instead of home cooked meals from parents, these children’s meals are replaced with McDonald’s, Chinese take-out, or worse snacks and candy. The time that used to be spent
Childhood obesity has become a major issue in our society. It does not only influence one’s childhood but it will also make an impact on one’s later adult life. For example, how will people perceive an obese person when one is looking for a job? There are many reasons for childhood obesity, for example, dietary, genetics, environment, illness, and psychological factors. It is important to be aware of what kinds of health problems obesity will bring to us. Diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep problems as well as cancer can all be brought out by obesity. Thus it is very important to know what we can do to fight or to help others to fight this condition. People often think that fast food is the
Obesity is a serious problem in the United States, it is also a rising issue affecting people of all ages and incomes. Overweight and obesity are words to describe having excess body fat. Obesity or overweight status are determined by the measure of body mass index; BMI uses the calculation based the ratio of someone’s height and weight. Research has shown that BMI shows a good estimate of “fatness” and correlates well with important health outcomes like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and overall mortality. Obesity is a very concerning and rapidly increasing health issue, my public health analysis will primarily be focusing on childhood obesity and overweight. In the United States, 20 percent of children aged 6 to 11 are obese. This rising trend is one that is likely to endure and have long term devastating influences on the population unless there is action taken to reverse this issue. “Obesity is not only a cosmetic concern. It does not just impact the way we look. It can change the course of our lives, and not for the better.” (American Heart Association, 2012) I came across this statement and could not agree any less. Childhood obesity impacts many things from medical complications such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease, to mental and psychological issues such as poor self-esteem, depression, stress, and the list goes on. However, there are good news to obesity. This trend can be prevented and managed. The most efficient cure to this