What Is The Effects Of Childhood Obesity

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Obesity rates have risen from 6.5% to 19.6% for kids between the age of six and eleven during the time between 2007-2009. If your Body mass index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9 you are considered overweight. If your Body mass index exceeds 30 you are considered obese. Nearly one third of children in the world struggle with obesity. People need to be educated on the causes of childhood obesity to decrease the diseases caused by and the cost of childhood obesity. Childhood obesity has almost doubled in the past 30 years. Obesity is a medical condition resulting from the accumulation of excess fat in the human body to the extent that it might have great harm effects on the human health by increasing the diseases lowering the average life expectancy …show more content…
Derek LeRoith, MD, PhD, the Director of Diabetes Research in Israel, has studied the effect of obesity and diabetes on cancer and found that in the US, cancer deaths that are due to overweight and obesity are estimated to be 14% for men and 20% for women (“2014 World Congress” 70). Cancer is already a very hard disease to overcome, but when a person is obese, overcoming cancer becomes even harder. Obesity is a disease itself because it is very hard to live obese, especially as a child. Furthermore, obesity can lead to other illnesses, some very severe and deadly, such as strokes, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Almost 90% of people with type two diabetes are overweight or obese. The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) says that, Obesity and diabetes together are becoming the biggest public health challenge of the 21st century (“2014 World Congress” 71). The Center for Disease Control said in an article concerning diseases caused by obesity, “Being overweight places extra stress on your body in a variety of ways, including your body’s ability to maintain proper blood glucose levels.” This article is saying if you already have diabetes, you will need to take even more insulin to get sugar into your cells. If you don’t have diabetes, the effects of the insulin resistance can eventually cause you to develop the disease (“2014 World Congress” 71). Being obese in early childhood increases the chance of getting more powerful diseases later in

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