Childhood Obesity

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childhood obesity in America


Childhood obesity is a growing pestilential problem in the United States of America. It is a very deliberate contention which can advance to many health and social commencement which can continue into after life. However, it is not as simple as this as the science behind childhood obesity is highly multifarious and can deviate between idiosyncratic. It is important that we implement prevention programs and get a better understanding of childhood obesity. However, medical advice and common sense are usually the safest and most effective ways of reducing childhood obesity in your child.


Study found that 25 percent of obese adults were overweight as children. This study also concluded that if overweight begins before 8 years of age, obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe (karee, 2012). Finally, childhood overweight has psychological and emotional consequences. Overweight children are at an increased risk of teasing and bullying, low self-esteem, and poor body image.

Lifestyle and environment effect

The family, friends, schools, and community resources in a child's environment reinforce lifestyle habits regarding diet and activity. Children are surrounded by many things that make it easy to overeat and harder to be active:

More foods today are processed and high in fat and contain too much sugar.

Vending machines and convenience stores make it easy to get a quick snack, but they rarely sell healthy foods.

Children see up to 10,000 food commercials every year. Most of these are for candy, fast food, soft drinks, and sugared cereals.

Overeating is a habit that is reinforced by restaurants that advertise high-calorie foods and large portion sizes.

Parents have less time to plan and prepare healthy meals. As a result, children are eating more processed and fast foods that are usually...