There are many reasons for childhood obesity, some of which is a lack of education with parents surrounding proper nutrition, the lack of exercise our children are getting, and sometimes the parents’ inability to buy the right food choice for their children.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) childhood obesity is at a record high in the United States and is continuing to get worse. Some parent don’t believe that this is really an issue. Obesity among our children today has tripled in the past 30 years because society has failed to educate the younger generation in numerous lifestyle aspects. We can fix this with education, not just educating our children, but parent of these children. We do need to realize that not all obesity is caused by overeating. “Children become overweight for a variety for reasons. The most common causes are genetic factors, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns or a combination of these factors” (Web MD 1).
The CDC states that, “The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period” (CDC 1). With these findings nobody is going to be able to afford health insurance. Obese children run a greater risk of the following conditions: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, early heart disease, diabetes, bone problems, and skin conditions. If this number continues to grow, this could ruin the lives of our youth. “The CDC has recently raised the notion that should the alarming increase in childhood obesity not be reversed, the consequences may make the current pediatric population be the first generation to not exceed the life span of their parents”(Mersch 1). “Although weight problems run in families, not all children with a family history of obesity will be overweight” (Web MD 1).
There are ways to prevent this growing epidemic. The first way to help this is with education. We must teach the youth about healthy eating, diet, and exercise. It was Benjamin Franklin who first said, “one ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” (qtd.in Mersch 1). If our youth are taught from a young age about calorie intake and proper nutritional intake this could give them the knowledge they need to make healthy lifestyle decisions. If we give them the proper information about exercise then they will be able to get the appropriate amount of physical activity to help them slow this growing problem. Hopefully education will also prompt these children to want to change their life styles to live healthier.
The next preventive method is to provide more nutritional meals for our youth in schools. The majority of children eat one or more meals while at school. If we provide them with more balanced meals this could help them. The educational system’s meal plan needs to be reevaluated and revamped. If children...