Childhood Obesity : A Huge Problem That Has Reached Epidemic Levels
Childhood obesity is a huge problem that has reached epidemic levels in developed countries. Over twenty-five percent of kids in the United States are considered overweight and another 11 percent are obese and about 70 percent of obese adolescents grow up to become obese adults. Childhood obesity is considered to be one of the most serious health challenges we face of the 21st century. In 2010 the number of children overweight under the age of five is estimated to be over 42 million. Obesity in children can lead to very serious health issues such as heart disease, Asthma, sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes. Childhood obesity can also lead too serious emotional and social issues.
It has been confirmed that obesity occurs when a person’s energy intake exceeds their energy expenditure. There are multiple issues for this imbalance and the rising prevalence for obesity cannot be addressed by a single factor. Genetics is one of the biggest factors for the cause of obesity. Some studies found that BMI accounts for 25-40 percent heritable. Other factors such as environment, lifestyle preferences and cultural environment can play a major role in the rise of obesity worldwide. Fast food consumption has been shown to be a link to obesity in the recent years. Families with two working parents outside the home opt for these places one because they are favored by their kids and are both convenient and inexpensive for the working family. Foods served at fast food…