As a patient, Michael came to the office with a sore throat. But while inspecting him,the doctor became concerned with a larger issue. After treating his sore throat, talking to him and his parents about an issue to Michael’s health and weight became more important.
Michael, 14 years old, 4’10” tall, weighing in at 143 pounds, was unnecessary for his physical attributes. One could see the extra weight around his waist. His body mass index, (BMI) was in the obese range. Therefore, a talk was needed to improve his lifestyle. He spent six to eight hours daily on the computer, watching television, playing video games, or talking on his cell phone. After his doctor’s visit, he was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic with a blood sugar test showing a high of 115.
A recommendation to Michael’s parents were to help reduce his weight. To his doctor, helping Michael improve his diet and increase his physical activity level was a must. Action was taken right away. Cutting back on fast foods and sodas, which limited saturated fats and carbohydrates in his diet, helped him to lose the extra belly fat. A month later, results were dramatic. Michael had lost eight pounds! By doing so he reduced his risk for type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease. With a little help and following a healthy lifestyle, it has saved this young boy’s life.
Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition affecting children and adolescents. It is alarming to know “Only twenty-one percent of young people eat the recommended five or more servings of fruit and vegetables each day [and] there has been a decline in breakfast consumption-especially for children of working mothers” ( ). Among these statistics, one may see the effects it has on children of all ages. As the years have passed, statistics such as these have increased to an ultimate high. What is to become of it? Are children healthy? The answer to both of these common questions is no. Why? Because parents and schools are not taking the initiative to stop this disease which has spread. Actions can be taken to prevent the rising of childhood obesity. Americans need to moderate their demands for a healthy lifestyle for children, persuade them to eat healthier, exercise often, and live a healthy lifestyle preventing future problems.
Living a non-healthy lifestyle may cause for complications in the future in young children. It occurs when a child is above the normal weight for his or her age and height. As the Mayo Clinic has said, “This can be particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems which were once confined to to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol” ( ). All of these complications are common in youth today. Carrying extra pounds does not particularly strike a case of a child being obese. Some children have larger than average body frames, which in turn means not all are obese. Carrying amounts...