Essay On Childhood Obesity Epidemic
Childhood obesity is a growing problem in our society. There are many causes as to who is responsible, with both parents and society sharing the blame. Clearly, staying active and eating healthy is important, as is education for consumers regarding the food they eat, and how it affects them. Being obese as a child can cause huge health problems not only in the present, but in the future as well. Not only is it a physical problem, but childhood obesity has lasting psychological effects. These effects are due to uneducated americans, lack of physical activities,and weak parental control.
According to the article “Overweight and Obesity Statistics” found from the source National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, explains:
Overweight and obesity result from an energy imbalance. The body needs a certain amount of energy (calories) from food to keep up basic life functions. Body weight tends to remain the same when the number of calories eaten equals the number of calories the body uses or “burns.” Over time, when …show more content…
Children nowadays have decreased physical activity, and increased screen time and consumption of energy-dense foods and snacks. These behavioral changes are probably related to social and environmental changes that affect the whole population.(Wabitsch,Moss, Kromeyer-Hauschild)
For children in the 1980s fast food was a luxury, today it is common to eat out multiple times during the week. The need to eat healthy and exercise is critical for today’s society. With the increase of technology in everyday activities, it is important to get kids outside and