Obesity : An Epidemic Disease Destroying Children

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The significant numbers of overweight and obese children worldwide have increased in the recent decades and are expected to rise in the next few years. Obesity is an epidemic disease destroying children’s life in their childhood and adulthood. Children with a BMI above the 85th percentile are considered overweight and BMI above the 95th percentile are considered obese. This is a significant public health concern because more children have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, chronic disease, hypertension, and many more health problems, and also have psychosocial consequences. The big problem here is that children are increasing time spent watching television, playing videos games, eating unhealthy meals, and not being physically active. Many parents do not even have time to interact with their children because they spend too much time at work in order to become financially stable which leaves less time to devote to healthy eating and weight control. In addition, not being informed or educated on the negative effects of unhealthy diets and low physical activity must be communicated to the parent and guidance is important as well. It is difficult to provide healthy food or snacks at home because most of the healthy items are expensive and many single mothers and parents cannot afford those prices and opt to buy inexpensive food and snacks. The increase in obesity among children and adolescents is rising at an alarming rate. Between the survey periods conducted by National
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