The Psychological Effects Of Childhood Obesity In The United States

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Problem Statement The United States has tripled the obesity rate in children in the past three decades (Ogden, 2010). Obesity is defined as “when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2015).” This problem has become an epidemic, and will continue to do considerable harm due to psychological effects because of advertisement of fast food, lack of physical activities, and parental control. One major issue that Americans fail to realize is that childhood obesity is not only an imagine issue, but also a physical issue with lasting effects. Some of the issues associated with childhood obesity is heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and sleep apnea (Health issues lets move). These health issues …show more content…
Sitting and watching these commercials promotes snacking, and snacking promotes obesity. People who spend a significant amount of time watching TV sharply increase the risk for obesity. Instead of sending an overweight child out to run and play, adults allow them to sit and eat. Homework is the number one excuse for parent on why their child has no time for exercise has also helped to increase obesity. The combination of homework and television along with low levels of activity is a predominant cause of obesity. When a person eats and has a low level of physical activity they are ultimately Another cause of childhood obesity is improper coping mechanisms. Some children overeat as a way of coping with problems in their lives or dealing with emotions like stress or boredom (Mayo Foundation). This situation only can become worse if the child encounters a dramatic life event because it can cause the person to be depressed and consume more food in attempt to make the sadness go away. This binge eating impacts a large number of cases dealing with childhood obesity (Zhu, 2015). This problem is one that needs to be addressed by the parents or a professional due to the complexity of the …show more content…
Not only do children who are obese have unhealthy weights, but they also have a high risk of having weak lungs, poor blood quality, and a variety of other sicknesses. Many of the conditions that would develop from obesity are likely to follow the child as they age into adulthood. One serious impact that many people do not think is death. There are around 300,000 people die each year from the health problems due to obesity (Redbourn). This is an extremely alarming number because it is something that in most cases could be prevented. Another important impact of childhood obesity is emotional problems. Most children who are obese suffer from depression and low self-esteem (Mayo Foundation). The depression and low self-esteem is also accompanied by school-related anxiety. These are often reasons as to why obese children usually have a lower academic performance than non-obese children. The children who are obese are typically bullied by the other children and further destroy self-esteem. This also can impact the children’s social

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