Childhood Obesity : A Serious Issue That Has Plagued The Children Of The 21st Century

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Childhood obesity is a serious issue that has plagued the children of the 21st century. This is a medical condition that affects a lot of children and also obesity affects many adults. When a child weighs above the normal weight for children in their weight groups they are considered obese. Body Mass Index (BMI) usually determines the diagnosis of obesity. Childhood obesity is becoming an alarming issue because children are beginning to suffer from health issues that are more common in adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The effect of obesity leads to children having low self-esteem and deep depression.

Obesity is a preventable condition because the causes are very visible. Some of the causes of obesity include people eating more and engaging in less physical activity. “The food system has improved the availability of high-yielding energy foods while the sedentary lifestyle with motorized transport and labor saving devices, as well as other physically inactive pursuits (TV, computer, etc.), has risen in recent decades (Martinez, 3)” causing the cultural change leading to obesity. Humans do not consciously make the choice to become overweight. According to Dr. Faith McLellan, obesity is caused by the basic human desire to work less and have more leisure (par. 4), and it doesn’t help that the corporate world is selling products playing off of that craving making this natural desire even harder to control. Another natural cause is heredity.…

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