In the United States one out of five children are overweight or obese according to WebMD. When a child is overweight or obese, safety becomes an issue because it can seriously affect the young child’s health conditions. Obesity is now a worldwide health problem that has not only caused a lot of sparks and talk, but has also begun to rank as a serious risk, comparable to diseases.
Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Obesity occurs when a child weighs above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is a serious issue in the United States and around the world because the extra pounds may lead children to health problems. Overweight is defined as one have more body weight from fat, muscle, bone, or water for their height and obese is defined as someone who has too much body fat. In the article “Childhood Obesity Facts” the Centers for Disease Control explains that childhood obesity has tripled in the past three decades in the United States and is becoming an epidemic. The American Heart Association reported in the article “Overweight and Obesity” that 23.9 million children between the ages two to nineteen in the United States are overweight or obese.
The effects of obesity in children are immediate health problems as well as long term health problems. According to the WebMD article “Children’s Health” states that “children have fewer weight-related health and medical problems than adults. However, overweight children are at high risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults, placing them at risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes later in life.” Obesity has negative effects on children, which raises concern, because long-term health problems are inevitable. Some of the immediate health effects of obesity in children include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, prediabetes, which eventually can develop in diabetes, bone and joint problems, difficulty breathing, and sleep apnea. If obesity is not resolved then long-term health effects can develop as children become adults. The long-term issues include: polycystic ovary syndrome, gastro-esophageal reflux, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, and several types of cancer such as breast, colon, ovarian, thyroid, and prostate cancer. Other problems can be multiple myeloma and Hodgkin's lymphoma (Childhood Obesity Facts).
Childhood obesity has risen to new heights in the past thirty years and has become a problem. If focus were to be placed on one important part of solving the problem it would be for parents to limit the amount of screen time that a child has access too. The child’s television watched should be cut back along with computer and video game time. Instead of media the child should be encouraged to play outside or participate in some sort of physical activity.
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