Essay about Health Risk Associated With Childhood Obesity

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Childhood obesity is a disease where excess body fat affects a child's health or wellbeing. With the number of children affected by the disease increasing, it is important to understand the consequences. Not only will obesity influence a child’s physical heath, but it can also affect their emotional and social health as well. Acknowledging that obesity is a preventable disease should help lower the number of children affected by it. It is not about dieting; it is a lifestyle change that should be adopted and practiced by the whole family. Being obese increases a child's risk of being an obese adult. I will argue that parent education regarding the physical and emotional effects of childhood obesity can protect the lives of children.…show more content…
When dealing with a cardiovascular disorder, a child’s heart has to work harder in order for that child to be able to accomplish everyday tasks. Heart disease is not a major cause of death in children, but it is the number one cause of death among adults in the United States. It is silly, and even worse, sad to see a life taken away by a condition that could have been prevented. Another disease that can be carried into adulthood is Type-2 Diabetes. Type-2 diabetes occurs when the blood sugar levels are above normal. It is a lifelong disease which has to be maintained on a daily basis. When a child has Type-2 Diabetes, their body does not respond correctly to insulin. This is called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means that fat, liver, and muscle cells do not respond normally to insulin. Insulin carries sugar from blood to the cells, where it is used for energy. If there is insulin resistance, blood sugar does not get into cells to be stored for energy. It is one of the leading causes of coronary heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, amputation, and blindness. When a child becomes overweight, it causes cells to change, and in turn causes them to become resistant to hormone insulin. This is why insulin shots are used to help control diabetes. In order to control or prevent complications, a child could lose weight or increase the level of physical activity, doing so will help maintain blood
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