The Phychosocial Factors And Effects Of Childhood Obesity

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Register to read the introduction… For adults and children, however, an effective way to lose weight is to decrease the amount of energy taken in and to increase the amount of energy expended (Grundy, et al. 1999). This means eating less food and being more physically active, because a positive energy balance is the cause of obesity (Grundy, et al. 1999). Physical activity increase alone can change the energy balance and the body of an obese person (Grundy, et al. 1999). This causes changes such as lowering the white blood cell count of the body which lowers the risk of developing atherosclerosis (Veronelli, et al. 2004). Lowering white blood cell count by losing weight also lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease (Veronelli, et al. 2004).
The effects of physical activity on obesity are well documented, but there are other psychosocial factors that feed into being obese. Obese people are often teased, ridiculed and physically abused throughout their life. This can lead to depression and low self-esteem (Dixon, Dixon, and O'Brien, 2003) conducted studies that agreed with the notion that obesity causes depression and that obese women are at a higher risk to be depressed than
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