Childhood Obesity Essay

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The issue of childhood obesity is not a new one. According to public health specialists Marion Nestle and Michael F. Jacobson (2000), “Prevention of obesity by individuals and population groups has been a explicit goal of national public health policy since 1980” (p. 15). Due to the processed foods and fast foods that American parents are feeding their children, this problem is getting more out of control as time goes on. Although it would be nice to think that this issue goes away, it is important to realize that this problem extends though the lives of the affected children. Lesley Lueke (2011), in her article “Devouring Childhood Obesity by Helping Children Help Themselves,” states, “Childhood obesity rates are also on the rise and obese …show more content…
This can lead to their life expectancy being lowered. Frankie Philips (2012), in his article called “Facing up to Childhood Obesity” explains that there is an entire list of problems and issues that derive from obesity in childhood. Philips argues that the problems surpass the visual and cosmetic problems of obesity when he says, “These [problems] may include discrimination and prejudice, with ensuing effects on the developing sense of self and self-esteem, potentially leading to a poor body image, which may increase susceptibility to eating disorders in later life, and depression” (p. 1). This issue is causing more problems in the lives of growing children. Psychological problems also tend to stick with children throughout adult years. Psychological problems require special counseling and can cost a lot of money and mental …show more content…
There are many ways to approach the resolution of this problem. In Hernshaw’s and Matyka’s article (2010) “Managing Childhood Obesity,” they give several medical methods of defeating obesity such as pharmacotherapy, sibutramine, Orlistat, and bariatric surgery. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant. Orlistat is also an appetite suppressant, but it requires a low-fat diet to ensure good results. These suppressants will help change how much food children consume due to a change in hunger. However, when possible, it is important to avoid medication because medication can lead to other health problems. Bariatric surgery is a surgery that is very effective for children who have severe obesity and many complications. Surgery is an extreme method when it comes to dealing with

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