According to Koukourikos, Lavdaniti, and Avramika, childhood obesity is a modern epidemic situation and is the most frequent eating disorder. (128) Obese is means the individual ways more than what is normally expected, which means he/she is extremely overweighed. Children sometimes tend to eat more than what the body needs. Obesity or even being overweight has serious effects on the individual and the society. Both need to take action to examine the causes of this problem and find solutions. The biggest effect is on the individual. First of all being overweight has health risks. Obesity can lead to heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. The quality of life suffers, as it is difficult to enjoy exercise or move. Another result is
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Throughout the 1980s…rates have doubled, and by 2008…16.9% of children were obese” (Grossklaus and Marvicsin 69). The root causes for childhood obesity are poor diets, lack of exercise, and a non-active physical lifestyle. Because of these three reasons, experts have identified that the environment that parents provide for their children aid or prevent childhood obesity. One of the leading misconceptions that parents have concerning childhood obesity is that their child is not obese or overweight. It is essential that a parent understands her views and perception toward a healthy lifestyle in order to determine if she is passing on bad habits to her children. Grossklaus and Marvicsin suggest that health officials help parents determine their self-efficacy and perceptions towards healthy eating and an active lifestyle. “With this data, PNPs can begin to work with parents on parenting education related to eating behaviors or refer the parents to a specialist, either family or individual counseling, and dietician” (Grossklaus and Marvicsin, 83).
Television and media plays several roles in the childhood obesity epidemic. Statistics show that 37% of children spend less than thirty minutes outside while 43% spend more than two hours using electronic devices and watching television (Grossklaus and Marvicsin, 69). Spending hours playing video games or watching television can take away from time spent doing physically active activities such as playing