Childhood Obesity : A Serious Health Concern Essay

749 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 3 Pages
Child and adolescent obesity has been quite a serious health concern in the United States, where prevalence has nearly doubled in the past thirty years. What is more alarming to health professionals is the profound immediate and long-term effects of obesity in children. Genetics, along with behavioral factors are deemed as the culprit, but it still remains a complex issue. What we do know is that there are many ways to help those already obese, but the key idea is prevention. The commonness of childhood obesity has been increasing steadily for decades, and although it has leveled off, it still is significantly higher compared earlier times. According to (Wood, Robert 2016), nearly one-third of children aged ten to seventeen are obese. That is to say that one in three American children is overweight/obese. With the increasing statistics of this dilemma, childhood obesity is now the number one health concern among parents in the United States. (American Heart Association 2016) So what really causes a child to become obese? A child’s physical activity level with their total diet, but also genetic factors can play a part. According to WEB MD 2016, children whose parents or siblings are overweight/obese may be at an increased risk of being overweight/obese themselves. This can be a major factor contributing to childhood obesity because of shared family behaviors such as eating and activity habits. Also with today’s advances in technology, many children are susceptible to video…

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