Essay about The Effects Of Childhood Obesity On Children

2382 Words Nov 29th, 2016 10 Pages
In an age of advanced healthcare that is readily accessible in most areas, there is no reason for American children to suffer from a disease that can be prevented. It is devastating to watch a hungry child need food, this is also the case when seeing a child suffer from the effects of childhood obesity. Take the children who have a medical condition or extenuating circumstances out of the equation and look at those who suffer from the poor parenting choices that will affect them for the rest of their lives. The parents of obese children, that do not have a medical condition, should be held legally responsible for the health of their child. It is a growing epidemic in the United States, which will have long term effects on their health and life styles. The magnitude of this growing epidemic could reach far beyond just the scope of these individual’s health, if the number of people who are obese children turn into obese adults, which is very likely, then our economy and workforce, health care systems and providers will all be decreased. It could affect us all. Victoria Garel notes in her research the causes for concern for this issue. “Over time, an increase has taken place not only in the prevalence of obesity, but also in its severity. The increase in childhood and adolescent obesity has brought with it a host of comorbid diseases, some formerly seen only in adults, including diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, asthma, nonalcoholic, fatty liver disease, hypertension,…

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