Childhood Obesity And Its Effects On The Development Of Obesity

1323 Words Mar 22nd, 2015 6 Pages
A serious public health concern, childhood obesity has reached staggering levels and has been classified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as an epidemic. As a leading precursor to multiple other health issues such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes, childhood obesity poses significant health and financial risks to the well-being of, not only the United States, but of the world as a whole (Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care, 2010). Several factors influence the development of obesity which makes it difficult to determine appropriate strategies to address this problem. Additionally, pediatricians and health care professionals often identify communication, or lack of, as a frustrating barrier to success. It has also become a topic of multiple forums that affect policy making on a basic level, as in the school systems, and government agencies, as it dictates public policy. Diet, genetics, lack of exercise, or whatever its origins, there’s little argument that childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Congress debates the boundaries of law-making when they discuss the appropriateness in implementing legislation regarding parental rights and responsibilities if children are considered to be “severely or profoundly” obese. In addition, we have a healthcare system that is being stretched to its financial limits. Here we will discuss the recognized criteria for diagnosis of obesity, health concerns related to obesity, its…

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