The Effects Of Obesity On Adolescents : Childhood Obesity

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The Effects of Obesity on Adolescents Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health problems in the 21st century. According to PMC, the US Library of National Health and Medicine and National Institutes of Health, over 42 million children under the age of five are obese worldwide in 2010, and that number continues to ascend at an alarming rate. Obesity occurs when the body stores an excess amount of fat that is not necessary for the person’s survival. Some scientists have argued that males are considered obese when they are twenty-five percent over their ideal body weight while females are thirty percent. Regardless of these scientific calculations, the storage of excess fat is caused by many factors that lead to many health complications. Multiple variables cause obesity. There is not one factor that could have been linked to the cause of this serious health issue alone because causation does not prove correlation. This means…….Factors can be genetic or externally influenced. If obesity is genetic, then it cannot be controlled, but on the other hand, if it can be controlled, then obesity was influenced by the environment. Children can inherit genes that lead to obesity and eventually, diabetes. Some mutated genes have been discovered that contributes to obesity; however, none of the mutated genes can cause the health issue alone (PMC). A person with a family history of obesity is double or triple of becoming overweight compared to those who do not have one. A
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