Essay On Childhood Obesity

1034 Words 5 Pages
Childhood obesity is becoming a huge issue in the United States. Over the past thirty years obesity in children has doubled and obesity in adolescents has quadrupled. One in every three children are considered overweight and one in every six children and adolescent s are considered to be obese. (Childhood Overweight and Obesity). Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic that is sweeping the nation. What are some of the causes of childhood obesity? Obesity occurs when too many calories are taken in and not enough are expended. A lack of vital nutrients can also lead to obesity. This is where fast food comes in. Fast food has too many calories and not enough nutrients. Many parents rely on fast food to be one, if not two, of their child’s …show more content…
It’s just some extra weight after all. Actually, it’s not. Overweight is simply carrying excess weight, whereas, obesity is carrying excess fat. When someone is overweight, it just means that the number that shows on the scale is larger than it should be for that person’s height. Although that extra weight could be fat, it could also be water weight or muscle. Obesity is when the body is storing an abnormally large amount of fat. There are so many health risks that are associated with childhood obesity that are detrimental to that child. The health risks of childhood obesity can be separated into two categories, how it affects the child now, and how it will affect the child later. Some of the effects that obese children can suffer from now include, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, fatty liver disease, and a large list of psychological disorders. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults, giving them even more health risks later on. These health risks include, heart disease and cancer. Also if children are overweight, obesity in adulthood is more likely to occur and likely to be more severe. (Health Risks of Childhood Obesity). So it’s clear why this disease is such a big …show more content…
It’s quick, convenient and has been normalized in today’s society. However, fast food can be very hazardous, as it can cause many health issues if eaten regularly. Fast food might taste good, but it is highly processed and very high in sugar, calories, and unhealthy fats. Fast food can cause many problems within the body, such as, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, bloating, and insulin resistance. Many people overlook the effects that fast food is having on their bodies, not realizing the damage they are doing. Many people are unaware of the number of calories they intake at fast food restaurants. "A 2013 study published in JAMA Pediatrics showed that children and adolescents take in more calories in fast food and other restaurants than at home. Eating at a restaurant added between 160 and 310 calories a day." (Pietrangelo, Carey). Not only is fast food high in calories but it can also lead to many illnesses. The three most common illnesses that can occur from eating fast food on a regular basis are obesity, diabetes, and depression. A study showed that young people who ate fast food at least two times a week had a large increase in insulin resistance, a risk for developing type 2 diabetes. (Robbins). When you eat fast food often, you are sacrificing your health for the sake of

Related Documents