Ethical Challenges Of Childhood Obesity

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Childhood Obesity
Obesity is the accumulation of excessive fat tissue. There are several ways of determining excessive fat; the most commonly used is the Body Mass Index (BMI). Childhood obesity is a disease that is taking over the world that people usually don’t think about like malaria or tuberculosis. Even though its effects aren’t immediate as the other two diseases, childhood obesity leads to problems that are just as bad. Even though schools, hospitals, and other places give out pamphlets and guides for healthy eating, childhood obesity is still on the rise and doesn’t want to come down. Childhood obesity has doubled in children ages 2 to 5, nearly tripled in ages 6 to 11 and tripled in ages 11 to 19 (NIH, 2013). Obese children are developing health problems commonly seen in adults; they are at risk for type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure and lung diseases. Some problems that are contributing to this disease include many places offering unhealthy food cheaper than
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In this generation, more and more kids feel the need to look as skinny as models that are seen on TV. Scenarios like this tended to make children lose weight, but an unhealthy amount in such a fast time. Problems like this lead to children developing mental health diseases such as anorexia or bulimia nervosa. Another challenge is telling parents to feed their children better food. No parent wants to be told they aren’t raising their child right, but if their son or daughter is severely overweight, actions must be taken. In poor communities, battling childhood obesity is tricky due to families not having enough funds to buy the more expensive fruits and vegetables. Supermarkets and fast food restaurants tend to have the unhealthier food to be cheap than the healthier ones prompting families to buy the cheapest and unhealthy foods at

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