Essay on Child Obesity
BSHS 361/Child Development
April 12, 2012
The effect of obesity in children is becoming an immense issue in our communities today. The number of obese children continues to rise and in fact has more than tripled within the last 20 years. Today, there are up to 33% of children who are obese, if not more. Unfortunately, this affects our children physically, mentally, and long-term.
Obesity is not specifically just being a few pounds overweight. A child is considered obese when his or her weight compared to height is abnormal by ten pounds. Obesity commonly begins in children between the ages of five and six. Unfortunately genetics can often be a factor in …show more content…
Finally, obesity can cause a hormone imbalance in the child. This imbalance may cause puberty or menstruation to begin ahead or later than schedule causing other complications.
Not only physical problems may occur. An obese child may suffer from psychological issues as well. Due to the child’s excess weight, he or she may be prone to bullying. This bullying will often lead the child to develop very low self-esteem. Since the child is always being picked on because of his or her weight, this may cause a psychological effect that will last in continuing years to come, even as he or she becomes a teen. If the child is always being picked on for being overweight, he or she will soon have a very distorted and low self-image. This can cause eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia. Also, major depression may come about. Between feeling badly about oneself and being subjected to the abuse of one’s peers, it is no wonder that the child would soon become depressed. This depression is the third major effect of childhood obesity.
It is more common than not for the physical effects of childhood obesity continues into adulthood. A child who is obese will most likely be obese as an adult. Although a child may