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Childhood Obesity Epidemic Analysis

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There is a new epidemic running through the U.S. This epidemic is childhood obesity. In the last ten-twenty years, more and more children have become obese/overweight. A study done by the CDC states, “The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.” With all epidemics, there is a rush for a quick fix. The quick fix for this epidemic is liposuction, but after a couple months they regain the weight. They then tried dieting, some patients try to diet but keep going back to eating unhealthy and keep the weight on. There is one more thing they can…show more content…
It can actually because my mental reasons too; psychoanalysis can help treat obesity in our country because many obese people are stuck in Freudians oral stage, people naturally go to food to comfort themselves when scared or stressed, the child feels safe while he or she is obese and doesn’t want to lose that feeling, many relationships between the child and the parents, food is a way to show their love towards the child, and psychoanalysis has helped treat many other conditions when no one else could figure how to treat…show more content…
So they will go to the one thing that will give them comfort. (Bruch, 1997) To many kids, the thing that comforts them is food. There is a phrase that is very common that adults will say about this generation of kids. That phrase is “kids can sure be mean these days.” This is very true. There are more cases of bullying than ever before. In an article by Sarah Hartnig of the University of Miami, she uses a study done by the NCES. She says that in the study they found and increase of bullying by 24.5 percent since 2003. When humans eat, there brain releases substances like serotonin and dopamine. These two chemicals help make an individual feel better if they are depressed or angered. The psychoanalyst could go back into the individual’s life and see when this first started and try to fix the way they will handle theses situations when they arise again. Another thing that Bruch brought up that most obese children don’t act out their aggressive and hostile feelings. But to a psychoanalyst they actually do. Obese children actually take those feelings and use it when they eat. When you eat something, you are destroying something. They direct that anger towards the food they are eating. The way they are directing their anger is not very effective. The best way to express hostile feelings is to act them out or do a physical
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