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Child Obesity Essay

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Over the past 30 years the amount of children and teenagers who are overweight has tripled. Of the children and adolescents in America, 16% to 33% are overweight and obese, making it very clear that obesity is a growing problem; one-third of America’s children are carrying more weight that they should to be healthy. Will child obesity numbers continue to climb rapidly over the years? Many reasons have been found for this growing disease.
There are two primary factors in the rising obesity levels. Children and adolescents are not eating the right foods as well as not getting enough daily exercise. With fast food diets increasing and exercise decreasing, our generation is ...view middle of the document...

When I first started this paper, I wanted to focus on what makes children and teenagers become overweight or obese. So I went to Google and typed in Child Obesity in America. I looked at several web pages to try and find information and statistics of children who are becoming obese and what some of the causes may be. I found three different web pages that caught my attention on child and/or teen obesity and they all stated the reasons that doctors believed children are becoming obese and overweight, some had
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more detail than others and gave their research based opinions, some just gave the opinions they thought by talking with the parents and the child themselves about their condition. The following bullets are a list of reasons children may become overweight or obese:
Overeating or binging
Poor eating habits
Lack of exercise
Family history of obesity
Medical illnesses (endocrine, neurological problems)
Medications (steroids and some psychiatric medications)
Stressful life events of changes (separations, divorce, moves, deaths, abuse)
Family and peer problems
Low self-esteem
Depression or other emotional problems (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
After seeing these reasons, I could finally understand why so many children are overweight. But what I could not understand is why these children’s parents and family let them become this way when they know it is very unhealthy.
I found that the parent(s) of these children who are becoming obese are contributing to their child(ren) becoming overweight and obese, sometimes because they do not want to accept the face that their child is overweight and obese. In some situations, the parental figures of the children are putting them through the situations above; But in most situations, the parents do not do anything to try and help with their child’s weight problem. A website I found, Child Obesity in America by James Rouse stated, “Changing the trend in the rate of child obesity in America is not difficult as long as parents are willing to accept their responsibility for teaching their children healthy lifestyles. The parents of obese children must begin, within the family, to identify the problems and custom design a plan for change. Childhood eating habits must be changed, and teen diets adjusted to accommodate their specific nutritional needs”. I believe that statement by J. Rouse is very true. Parents need to accept the fact that their child has become obese or
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overweight and they need to help them get on a strict and healthy schedule.
When a child becomes overweight and obese he or she needs to be seen by a physician or family doctor to consider any kind of physical risks that have already occurred, or may occur in the future. If there are not any risks that are noticed then, there is only one way to treat obesity; “…the only way to lose weight is to reduce the number of calories being eaten and to increase the...

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