Essay on Behavioral Impact On Childhood Obesity

840 Words Nov 17th, 2015 4 Pages
Behavioral impact on childhood obesity
Childhood obesity is a complex health issue. The World Health Organization (WHO, 2015) defines obesity as “abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health”. The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories used. Behavior is the way we act in everyday life. Behaviors can include dietary patterns, physical activity, inactivity, and other exposures which contributes to obesity. (CDC, 2012)
Diet:
• Consuming more energy-dense foods or snacks with large portion sizes, and having reduced physical activity, giving rise to obesity. (CDC, 2015). Between 1977 and 2006, children increased their caloric intake from snacks by an average of 168 calories/day, up to a total of 586 calories. The largest increase was found in children aged 2 to 6, who consumed an extra 181 snack calories per day compared to two decades earlier.(PMC, 2012)
• Parent’s excessive restriction of sweet and junk foods may leads to child obesity, if they consume extreme amount when they have free or access to these food.
• Pressuring child to finish all the food from the plate also lead to child obesity because they consume more than they require. (IJPM, 2012)
• Skipping breakfast have been associated with an increased risk of obesity in children and youth. (CDC, 2015)
Physical Activity:
• Lack of physical activity also plays an important role in obesity. It is seen that children and teens nowadays…

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