Warning Signs For Childhood Obesity

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Parents worry about their children’s health and send them to doctors for physicals and flu shots. Parents are also concerned with their children’s safety from harmful adults, not injuring or hurting their bodies, and making sure they do not have sex, take drugs, or drink alcohol. But, are parents worrying about the new spreading health condition that is affecting children more and more every year? This increasing epidemic is obesity. Childhood Obesity relates to having a lot of bodyweight and it is very harmful to children, childhood obesity has a lot of warning signs, and there are many preventable treatments for children who suffer from obesity. Childhood Obesity is where a child has a lot more bodyweight than there supposed to have. But, …show more content…
But, now we must answer the question of what are the warning signs of obesity and what are the health effects that children face when diagnosed with obesity? There are not many warning signs for obesity. One of the warning signs is weight gain. Most parents do not know if a child is obese or not. Another warning sign is by looking at the children’s diet and exercise. If children eat poorly and a lot and also do not exercise this could lead to obesity if not changed. According to Obesity Action Coalition “Children who are considered affected by obesity are 70 percent more likely to continue being affected by obesity into adulthood (1). Childhood Obesity leads to many harmful medical issues that can lead to death. “Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population based-sample of 5-to 17-year olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease” (“cdc.gov” 1). Obesity is related with a risk of many types of cancer and diabetes (“cdc.gov” 1). “Children who are obese are at a greater risk for bone and joint problems and sleep apnea” (cdc.gov” 1). The last harmful effect according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry children with obesity have emotional problems, self-esteem, anxiety, and depression (1). Child Obesity leads to many harmful health effects, but the final main point is that Childhood Obesity can easily be prevented. There are many ways that childhood obesity can be prevented, but it has to start at some point or else in the future decades every child will be obese. According to Sameera Karnik and Amar Kanekar “childhood obesity problem can be reduced by educating children and parents about healthy nutrition and encourage them to be physically active” (6). This is a very good idea, but

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