Friday, April 19, 2013

Childhood obesity

A big problem today in the US is childhood obesity, one in five kids in the US, between the age of five and seventeen are considered over weight.  Now that is a problem, especially in Mexican children they have a higher percentage then anyone else in the USA(40%). It’s a ten percent difference for African Americans, and Caucasian Americans(30%).              Childhood obesity can be brought on by a few different things ,and normally it’s a combination of things. This could be family environments and genetics. If both parents are obese then the child has a good chance to follow the same path as their parents. It is also a luck thing, those who are lucky enough to get an more parsimonious energy metabolism, will digest food easier, and faster. So those who don’t have a  parsimonious energy metabolism will have problems digesting food, especially the cheap energy dense food that America is making these days. So it is a problem for people to digest this cheap food, that is so available for people today.                                        

In today’s society  we have made things easier for people, so it will take less and less effort to do things now a day, we have been making things to help people who cant do things, but some people use them because it is just easier for them. So because people are using the easy way it is making people work less and less for what they need to do, or want.
These are other causes of childhood obesity.
·         Poor eating habits
·         Over eating and binging
·         Lack of exercise
·         Family history of obesity
·         Medical illnesses
·         Medications
·         Stressful life events or changes
·         Family and peer problems
·         Low self-esteem
·         Depression or other emotional problems


These are other complications of obesity
·         Increase risk of heart disease
·         High blood pressure
·         Diabetes
·         Breathing problems
·         Trouble sleeping
Child and adolescent obesity is also associated with increased risk of emotional problems.  Teens with weight problems tend to have much lower self-esteem and be less popular with their peers.

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