Childhood Obesity Essay

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The topic of children’s health contains a broad spectrum of issues. It can include but is not limited to physical, behavioral, and environmental health. I narrowed my discussion to a topic which includes all three of these factors. I also feel that it is important today and imperative to our future. Children today are our teachers, firefighters and policemen of tomorrow. Childhood obesity is quickly becoming the foremost epidemic in America’s youth. Its effects are much the same as adult obesity and just as concerning. My discussion will include the causes, effects, and prevention of childhood obesity. According to the CDC obesity is defined as “the condition of an excessively high amount of body fat, or a dispose tissue in …show more content…
For children aged 2-5 years prevalence has increased from 5% to 12.4% and for those aged 6-11 years prevalence increased from 6.5% to 17%, and for those aged 12-19 prevalence has increased from 5% to 17.6%. As you can tell from the recent data collected by the NHANS overweight and obesity in children and adolescents has increased greatly. Overall there are many different factors that contribute to childhood obesity, which make it a very complex health issue. Some of these factors are genetic, environmental, and behavioral. Some people wonder if genetics can play a role in obesity. The answer is yes. According to the CDC scientists have shown that genetics can play a role in the obesity problem among today’s youth. While it has been proven that genetics are a contributing factor, it is what today’s youth choose to do or not do with their bodies that play the biggest part in the this rising health epidemic. The environmental factor starts within the home. The habits of one generation are passed on to the next generation. Unfortunately these habits are leaving the home and going out for fast food. Children 11-18 years visit a fast food establishment twice a week. In addition to poor eating habits, today’s youth spend more time in front of the screen than any generation before them. Children between the ages of 8-18 spend an average of three hours a day watching television, and playing video and computer

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