Obesity in Our Children

597 WordsFeb 22, 20182 Pages
Over the past years obesity has become of a great concern for pediatricians across America. Obesity, once known as a sign of a disorder that afflicted a very small population, is one of today’s top ranking diseases. It does not discriminate affecting people of all ethnics, genders, socio-economic status and ages. Obese children have to make difficult decisions in terms of what they should or should not eat. They don’t understand why having a scoop of ice cream is unhealthy when they see the other children enjoying it. Why has childhood obesity incidence increase over the past years? Why is it beginning at such an early stage of life? Obesity is known to have a genetic etiology but this is not the only cause for the disease. Children are more commonly affected by this disease due to the early introduction of solid foods during infancy, the use of formula milk vs. breast milk, or the introduction of sugary drinks to the infant’s diet. The nutritional requirements for a person from 0 to 4 months are in the breast milk. Before this age the newborn does not need any other type of nutrient to meet his daily demands. In fact, “the introduction of solid foods earlier than 4 months of age is associated with increased body fat or weight in childhood” (Wilson et al., 1998). Parents often employ techniques to make the newborn sleep for longer hours at night. One of these techniques is to add one or two spoons of cereal to the last bottle of milk creating a thicker meal.
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