Essay: Increasing Obesity in the United States
Those arguing that obesity is a childhood disease are mistakably wrong. Why it is that children from the urban areas are more likely to be obese as compared to children that are brought up in the rural setting? It is definite that lack of physical activities plays a major role in this. Experts have increasingly looked to the physical environment as a driver in the rapid increase of obesity in the United States.
In both suburban and urban areas, the developed environments provide an obstacle for children between the age of six and eleven years to be physically active. Urban areas lack enough space for outdoor creation activities and this restricts the children from having an unprotected play. Lack of street lights, neighborhood crimes especially child trafficking and kidnapping as well as unattended dogs inhibit children from playing safely in the neighborhood therefore restricting them in their houses.
The high standards of living in the urban areas compared to the rural areas have also played a major part in obese status of children between the age of six and eleven years. Children hardly walk to school but rather they are dropped and picked by their parents or houseboys and girls who are employed to serve their children, unlike in the rural areas where children spend a substantial amount of time traveling to and from school, therefore exercising and breaking the excess fat stored in their bodies. The high standards of living in the urban areas do not permit the urban children between the age of six and eleven years to indulge in any physical or manual job as compared to their rural counterparts who work in the gardens and carry out house chores therefore reducing the chances of obesity.