Childhood Obesity Research Essay

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Childhood Obesity

In the last hundred years, childhood obesity has gone from nearly nonexistent, to something we deal with each and every day (Larson, June 2010). In just the last decade however, it has tripled. Seeing children running in their yards used to be something normal, but now, it is something rare. Instead, 25% of our children are watching over 4 hours of television a day. Childhood obesity has become more common over the years, and it is only going to continue. Becoming involved with your children, and encouraging them to exercise will reduce their risk. There are multiple causes of obesity in children, some are things they can’t help; such as genetics, or their families having a low income. Others, are lifestyle habits
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Be a role model, join your kids in a game of soccer or football. Also, do your part by limiting screen time to a maximum of two hours per day. Sitting around a television is only burning around 60 calories per hour, yet playing a game of soccer can burn as much as 500(Johnson, September 2009). Developing healthy habits, such as a proper diet and exercise, can lower the risk of accumulating obesity related health conditions later in life. Childhood obesity has both short and long term health effects. Obese youth are more likely to develop health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol or blood pressure, and prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels show a high risk for development of diabetes (Gavin, September 2010). Children who are obese are also at a greater risk to develop bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as poor self esteem. Children who have developed obesity as early as 2 years of age are likely to develop into obese adults. Obese adults are at risk for even more health conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, and several different varieties of cancer. In 2008, more than 1 third of the children and youth in America were overweight or obese (Wolfenstetter, 2010). Involving your children in your work out routines, when you take your animals out for walks, or letting

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