Challenges Of Childhood Obesity

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Savannah Stevens, four-years-old, loves to eat food. Her mom, Lori Cohen, talks about how Savannah loves to eat carbohydrates and sweets. Savannah always likes to take her time with eating and asks for seconds on every meal. She weighs fifty-four pounds and is considered obese by her doctors, but her mom thought could be considered extra baby fat. Contemporary doctors do not recognize normal weights for children because in recent decades nutrition and physical activity has changed dramatically. According to Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, a pediatrician who specializes in weight management for children, “Overweight has become the norm” (Donavon, et al). Parents may not recognize their child as being overweight or obese, due to the lack of education in …show more content…
Harvard School of Public Health publication states that childhood obesity is “one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century” (World Health Organization1). A child dealing with obesity can disrupt the functions of their internal organs and an example of that is the heart. Over the past few years, more people have come to understand how dangerous it is for children to be overweight and obese. A Healthier America, a public website, says, “$150 billion is spent every year to treat obesity related conditions” (1). Health care for children has increased also. Childhood obesity has negative effects for example cardiovascular disease which cost money to help …show more content…
The National Institution of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says, “the definition of obesity is the excess body fat and it is measured by the ratio of body weight and height” (45). Childhood obesity has been a concern since the 1960s. According to the Let’s Move Foundation, being overweight and obese has increased in children in the past few decades. The African American and Hispanic communities have increased the most for children being overweight or obese (1). Medical personnel measure children using the Body Mass Index, BMI, from National Institution of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The BMI only calculates the height and weight of children (5). It doesn’t take into account if that weight is from fat or muscle. The BMI and other weight calculations allow parents and doctors to know if the child is in the right weight for his/her age group. Dr. Jian Zhang explains the communication regarding obesity between parents and their children: “We have not yet figured out the most effective communication between the parents and the kids, given that the parents themselves are also struggling with body weight. So if the parents are struggling with body weight, what they say is much less powerful to their kids” (Cave 1). To prevent childhood obesity,5 it first starts with the

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