The Childhood Obesity Epidemic Essay

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Childhood obesity it is a huge problem. Over the past years, the number of obesity in children has increased. The number of obese children in the U.S. has increased over the past years. The number has obviously also grown due to the video games, computers, and televisions, which are considered to be needed now-a-days, and have begun to take over the importance of exercising. The lack of exercise can lead to obesity, which approaches lots of negative effects. Obesity continuously puts these children at a very high risk of developing many serious illnesses like high blood pressure, asthma, and many more. Even though there are many things that get in the way that can make obesity hard to slow down or stop children from being obese, there are …show more content…
Having the luxury of technology like as TVs, laptops, and video games is another cause of childhood obesity.
Herr’s article states that the “Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680” (2). During this time, the child watching TV could be outside doing some exercise as in riding a bike, roller-skating, or even playing baseball. Another cause of obesity can be emotive issues. Low self-esteem, depression, or dramatic life events can be resulted from obesity. Deaths in the family, divorce of the parents, or moving homes can be followed by overeating. “Children often turn to food when they're stressed out, lonely, sad, anxious, or bored” (Kids Health). Low financial resources can also lead to childhood obesity. “Wealthier people have lower rates of obesity than the poor” (Harvard). Poverty can hold back the parents from having the ability to exercise with their own children and or to give them an appropriate nutritional meal due to the shortage of time or the shortage of money. Time because the parents are probably working real hard to make the little money they already make. Childhood obesity is not only caused by problems of emotion, lack of good nutrition, or lack of financial income, but also from the genes. Metabolic disorders can be inherited. “Children whose parents are overweight or obese are at higher risk for becoming obese
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