The Possible Causes And Prevention Of Childhood Obesity

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Childhood obesity is a growing disease that has more than doubled in children in the past 30 years. Children are consuming more calories in a day than they need without any physical activity throughout the day. This leads to health issues, such as high blood/cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and a greater risk of social and psychological problems.
High blood pressure and cholesterol are big factors when talking about childhood obesity. High blood pressure and cholesterol are rare for a children and are often assed with adults, for being overweight and not participating in physical activities. Child hood obesity increases the risk of having high blood pressure and cholesterol especially if you have a family history with these medical problems. According
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WebMD stated that “The single biggest cause of type 2 diabetes in children is extra weight. In the U.S., nearly 1 out of every 3 children is overweight” (WebMD, 2015, para 1). Type 2 diabetes is an insulin problem, which means your body has a harder time breaking down sugar. This is how high blood pressure plays a factor in type 2 diabetes. Children start to have less energy and an increase in hunger and if children continue to eat more than they need they will start to store more fat because their body is not able to use it as energy. Children who have type 2 diabetes can experience a lot of health problems in the future with their heart, kidney, eyes, etc. Children need energy to be able to function in school and to be able to perform psychical activates like a normal kid. Children need a balanced diet and preform physical activates so that they can live a healthy normal …show more content…
Parents need to understand that childhood obesity is a serious problem that is increasing rapidly in kids. Children that are obese have a high percentage of health problems in the future that deal with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and psychological problems. Parent’s needs to take a stand on childhood obesity, parents should make sure that their kids have a balanced nutrition. Parents especially need to make sure that their kids stay active because as of now most children spend 7 hours plus in front of a screen. Childhood obesity would be less of a crisis if only kids spent at least 1 hour trying to be

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