The Effects Of Childhood Obesity On Children

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An increase in the average weight of children has been observed throughout the past several decades. This is due to many varying factors, such as diet, lack of knowledge of general health for both parent and child, and social class standings. Child obesity is defined by the BMI, or body mass index, percentage in relation to the child’s personal weight and height. Studies have shown that the main causes of childhood obesity are attributed to the parents’ diet for their child, the amount of exercise the child participates in, or lack thereof, and the amount of the child’s consumption of particularly unhealthy foods. Major health concerns include the development of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea and social discrimination due to the child’s possible extreme health issues. Based off of previous research from the different articles, it is evident that both parent and child are highly uninformed of the dangers of poor eating habits and how those habits affect their life both now and in the future. If families were to receive proper food education, they are able to prevent numerous health risks that include high blood pressure, lack of energy and/or motivation, declining activity and task performance in the workplace or school, and are even able to prevent a decrease in life expectancy due to poor health. Although childhood obesity is at an all-time high and continues to rise, parents and children are seeking ways to lead a better life style and make
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