Childhood Obesity Essay

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Childhood obesity, in Europe and the United States of America, is constantly on the rise and there is broad concern over the issue. It has become an extremely common health problem in children across the globe. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) "despite the slight decline in obesity in children of preschool age, obesity levels are still extremely high." The survey concluded that "in 2011 to 2012 approximately 12.7 million (or 17%) of children and youths aged 5 to 19 years are overweight or obese." Since 1980, obesity has greatly increased. In 1990, there were 32 million infants aged 0 to 5 years old who were obese or overweight. Currently, there are 42 million children around the globe who overweight. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the number of children who are overweight in the Africa region has …show more content…
Without any interventions being put into place, it is likely this trend will continue. If obesity in children continues to rise at this level then by 2025 over 70 million children will be overweight or obese. Furthermore, children will develop a wide range of severe illnesses and health complications as a result of being overweight. Obesity leads to immediate and long-term effects on their health. Consequences of being overweight or obese can be divided into three sections, social, psychological and physical. In early childhood, obese children are at risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and numerous other cardiovascular diseases. According to the Centre of Disease Control (CDC), 70% of overweight or obese children were at risk for a cardiovascular disease. This was based on a population-based sample of young children and adolescence. Children are also at risk of

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