The Levels Of Childhood Obesity

914 Words Oct 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Levels of childhood obesity in Australia have been increasing at alarming rates since the 1970s. 1 in 4 Australian children aged 2-17 years are overweight or obese and this is expected to rise to 1 in 3 children by 2025. Being overweight places these children at a greater risk for hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases we would ordinarily only see in adults. What’s truly eye-opening is that, for the first time in history, our children may well have significantly shorter life expectancies than us.
This is simply unacceptable. We can’t allow ourselves to become complacent about our children’s health and well-being. As a society we pride ourselves on the fact that we can say our children will have better lives than us. More needs to be done to end and reverse this trend of growing burden from intergenerational obesity. We need to take a good hard look at ourselves and the influences we are having over our children’s health outcomes.
Ignore for a minute the billions of dollars in additional health-care costs associated with childhood obesity –estimated to be close to $60 billion annually and only set to skyrocket. The larger problem is the large array of destructive health effects emerging in childhood and later life, including psychological problems such as social discrimination and reduced self-esteem, and physical health problems such as Type II diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors.
Obesity, once believed to be little more than a failure of willpower…
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