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.
Zulikha Khairizada ENG 111 Spring 2016 Risk Factors of Childhood Obesity Introduction This informative study is an attempt to inform and investigate the risk factors of childhood obesity. Childhood obesity increased significantly in the recent decades and it is a major health issue in the United States of America. Obesity is a big concern because of its short term and long term consequences. Since identification of the factors is the key to prevent childhood obesity, this research will inform general audience about risk factors which lead to childhood obesity. Childhood obesity occurs when a child is above the normal weight for his or her age and height. If a child’s weight pose health problems for her or him, this can be a sign of childhood obesity. Obesity results from little calories expended compared to the amount of calories consumed. This research will talk about environmental, genetic, decreased physical activity, and lifestyle factors that contribute to childhood obesity. Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on the health and well-being. The immediate effects are health related issues, such as cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. The long term effect is that if a child is obese, he might grow up as an obese adult. Taking proactive measures such as choosing healthy lifestyle habits which include healthy eating and physical activity can lower the risk of becoming obese and having health issues. If possible measures that has been taken
Childhood Obesity is becoming More Significant and leading to More Adult Obesity and Health Problems Introduction: Childhood obesity is an escalating issue in all over the world and particularly in the United States' children and adults. This issue has received more attention in last thirty years as the number of flabby and
Obesity is a condition where someone is significantly overweight for their age and height. On a child, it can lead to life-threatening diseases and health problems in the future. This excessive amount of weight that a child bears can lead to future diseases and mental abuse from peers and even on rare occasion 's parents. Childhood obesity has become a national problem in the United States and continues to grow at a substantial rate. This growing health problem presented with children is affecting them negatively for the future. Is fast food really to blame, or is it the new lazy lifestyle that revolves around technology? With technology growing quickly, children seem to be less likely to play outside and live an active lifestyle than
Childhood Obesity has become one of the leading causes of death in our nation today. Sadly, our society in whole is one of the heaviest. Putting an emphasis on the fact that “obesity rates among children of all ages are dramatically higher then they were a generation ago” (Green). Society has made it, with little to no trouble, that kids can get what they want, when they want it. Children are unaware of the harm and trauma they are putting their bodies through at such a young age. Childhood obesity effects the lifetime of a person, and can potentially make that lifetime shortened. Little do children know, once they put on so much weight, it seems to be nearly impossible to take it off. Childhood obesity can rapidly reduce if we alter influences, education, media, the fast food industry, and most importantly, themselves. Also, “According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2004), over 16 percent of children and adolescents from six to 19 years of age are overweight and/or obese. This number has more than tripled since 1981” (Green). As a society, we need to put a stop to the influences and causes of childhood obesity because it can take over our society and cause serious issues for ourselves, and the world we live in.
Childhood obesity has multiplied exponentially in the past two or three decades. More than one third of children and young adults were classified as obese or overweight in 2012. Childhood obesity has become an epidemic all over the world but especially in the United States. Health is the most important part of a person’s life and it is unaccepta-ble for multitudes of people to be at a disadvantage when it comes to health at such an early and tender age. There are some trends of society that can be seen as apparent rea-sons for this increase in childhood obesity such as the rise of a more sedentary lifestyle and the growing access to unhealthy food. However, children and parents are not solely to blame, rather, society as a whole may be
A child is influenced by a range of Personal factors such as: - Influences before and at birth eg. Maternal diet during pregnancy or birth itself eg. problems due to lack of oxygen etc.
This disorder has grown tremendously, multiply in children and even quadrupled in teenagers over the past few decades. Obesity is a condition were a person is significate over-weight for his or her height and weight, too much body fat can lead to long term healthy problem such as physical, mentally and emotionally if treatment is not applied. Obesity is mostly effecting children ages 2- 19 years of age, about 1/3 of children under the age of 11 years old are obese. In the years of 2016 about 41 million preschool children were considered obeses. Childhood obesity is obtained through food addiction, which one consumes a large portion at one time. Obesity can occur for varies of reason such as lack of physical activities, Genetics, certain medications
Obesity is a serious, sometimes fatal condition in which a person is significantly overweight for his or her age and height. Many children suffer from this condition all over the world. Childhood obesity is one of the most increasing health threats that the United States faces. Many researchers ask how children get to be so overly obese and unhealthy. They have come up with ways to somehow prevent it; however, the rates of the growing disease have grown rapidly over the years. It causes many problems with the children’s health levels. Childhood obesity can lead to problems such as diabetes, and many different types of cancer.There may be no symptoms other than weight that is above normal. People who suffer from this illness are also trying to find a way to overcome it. Obesity does not just take a toll on the physical life of these children, but also the emotional, behavioral, and social aspect.
As every aspect of society is on the incline, childhood obesity is one of the most important issue. Often times, parents are willing to do anything for their child with the idea that it is “healthy.” When they figure out that not everything is healthy, some even take efforts to sue the company. Parents do not realize the underlying factors that cause this type of obesity. Childhood obesity can be a result of many factors in this upcoming society. Many consider genetics and hormonal development as a proof for childhood obesity. However, that is not always the case. Childhood obesity is mostly seen as a result of the inactivity of children, the intake of food influenced by parents, and the environment they are brought up in.
Obesity is a chronic disease, which is becoming an increasing concern for public health professionals. In Oregon, obesity contributes to 1,400 deaths each year, which is the second most preventable cause of death in the state (OHA, n.d.). According to the Center for Disease Control, An individual is characterized as obese when their body mass index, or BMI, which measures your height versus your weight, exceeds 30 and an individual is characterized as overweight when their BMI is 25-29.9. The risk factors associated with obesity include: lifestyle, genetics, diet, physical activity, and health status. TRANSITION SENTENCE Obesity comes at a cost to taxpayers; medical costs associated with obesity accounted for $1.6 Billion of Oregon’s health
Genetic predisposition theory will also be helpful when examining the cause of obesity, says that parents can transfer their obesity genes to their children (DeMattia, & Denney, 2008). Genetics, behavior and family environment play a role in this medical and psychological condition. Examples include specific traits often demonstrated in polymorphism and prader-willi syndrome a constant preoccupation with food (DeMattia, & Denney, 2008). These are genetic conditions that are characterized by obesity. An increase in mortality rates, low self-esteem, socioeconomic status and gender may be linked to the factors that contribute to
Part A: Literature Review Many children living in the world are well nourished and consume foods that contain sufficient amounts of protein, carbohydrate, fat and micronutrients in order to meet their nutritional requirements. However, there has been a downfall of recommended dietary standards considerably fallen short within children’s diets. Furthermore, an insignificant diet as well as physical inactivity, results in an energy imbalance and can lead to a major social issue of childhood obesity. The World Health Organization defines childhood obesity as a ‘serious medical condition consisting in excess body fat that affects children and adolescents.’ To address this problem, assessing the factors that have been suggested as contributing
Levels of childhood obesity in Australia have been increasing at alarming rates since the 1970s. 1 in 4 Australian children aged 2-17 years are overweight or obese and this is expected to rise to 1 in 3 children by 2025. Being overweight places these children at a greater risk for hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases we would ordinarily only see in adults. What’s truly eye-opening is that, for the first time in history, our children may well have significantly shorter life expectancies than us.
When speaking of her 8-year old daughter's obesity, a prideful mother replies "Oh it's no big deal, she just still has her baby fat." Unfortunately, chances are that the daughter's obesity is not caused by her baby fat, but can be contributed to a combination of diet, genetics, and a sedentary lifestyle. Studies show that obesity among children 6-17 years of age, has increased by 50% in the last 20 years, with the most dramatic increase seen in children ages 6-11 (Axmaker, 1). This obvious epidemic has raised great concern in the medical community because widespread childhood obesity has increased the prevalence of the once rare juvenile diabetes and pediatric hypertension (Bastin, 45). This concern has prompted intense investigation