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The world health organization (WHO) describes childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem has become a global crisis and the prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. In the United States, for instance, approximately one in five school-aged children (6 to 19 years) is obese. This is according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
While the figure above is unnerving, some researchers have even more alarming projections: if current trends continue, by 2030, one-third of American children ages 6 – 11, and half of adolescents ages 12 – 19 will be overweight or obese. The implication of this is that we have so much to do to curb the menace.Educating ourselves on the problem can help to minimize childhood obesity and helpful in securing a better future for our youngsters.
What Causes Childhood Obesity?
There are different factors that contribute to childhood obesity. Genetic factors are probably the most notable ones. Other factors like unhealthy eating patterns, lack of physical activity, and medical conditions can also contribute to the problem. Though obesity may run in some families, not all children in such families will be obese. It is also very rare to see cases of childhood obesity caused by medical conditions. This means that eating habits and lack of physical exercise may be the most influential factors.
What Problems Can Occur Because From Childhood Obesity ?
Obese children will likely stay obese into adulthood. Medically, obesity is linked to a number of serious health issues like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, bone problems, and even skin problems. Individuals that are overweight or obese in childhood will likely develop some of these problems as young adults.
Aside from medical problems, childhood obesity also has some undesirable social and emotional consequences. Obese children are more likely to be bullied by their peers . This can lead to emotional distress causing low self-esteem, social isolation, and depression.
Individuals with family history of obesity should start early intervention to help their children prevent or deal with childhood obesity. As stated earlier, the most influential factors in childhood obesity may be poor eating habits and lack of physical activities.
Whether you do have family history of obesity or not, it is important to manage your children’s diet to ensure they maintain healthy habits. While it is fine to spoil kids occasionally, this must be kept to a minimum. All things in moderation!
There you have it! Above are some of the things you need to know about childhood obesity and how you can help your kids. Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic. The knowledge we have shared here is just a stepping stone to help approach the problem, and secure a brighter future for our youth.