Obesity in childhood in adolescents has increased dramatically over the past century. Throughout the United States all 50 of them, boys and girls have gained a great amount of weight. There are immediate and long-term risks for children who are obese. Conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, steatohepatitis, depression, stigma and others. Cancer is also possible too. Children who become obese are caused by what’s within their genes, around them in their environment, or from behavior and habits. They tend to eat more of a large portion of high-fat foods and calories. The more they usually eat the less they want to get up an exercise. Physical activity is very important to children especially for how young they are because that is when they have the most energy at that time of their lives.
I chose this topic because I tend to be in the medical field working with children of all ages in the near future. Understanding children obesity just makes it that much better for me and understandings how high are the current rates and between what age groups does it affect more. Schools are having a huge impact on childhood obesity and it is important for educators to be aware on these health risks that cause obesity and see what they can learn and do about it.
Type 1 diabetes leads to type 2 but type 1 is the kind you can take insulin until you can’t no longer because your body immune system has destroyed the cells that created it. Type 2 diabetes is very affective. Narayan et al., (2003) “For individuals born in the United States the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with diabetes at some point in their lives is estimated at 30 percent for boys and 40 percent for girls if obesity rates level off” (p. 23). Children tend to have sleeping problems and sometimes it goes without notice, especially sleep apnea. It can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stop and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and even feel tired after a full night’s sleep.