Essay: Is obesity a childhood disease
Obesity can be broadly defined as a body condition that arises as result of excess fat being stored in the various tissues of the body. Naturally, the human body stores fat in several parts of the body as a source of energy and help in insulating the human body and protecting the organs. However, when there is excessive accumulation of fat, the body of both children and grownups it can result to a number of health complications that include obesity, coronary diseases of the heart, stroke, and different forms of cancer, arthritis, diabetes mellitus and hypertension (Grundy 226–245).
In US, 32% of the obese population are children. By 1960, it was around 12%. Between the years 1980 and 2000, obesity within the adults doubled while the number of teenagers and children tripled (Yvonne, p1139). There are a number of facts about obesity in children and they are as follows; the total percentage of adolescents and children who are overweight has been doubled from 1970s.It is amazing that 15 percent of children between the age of 9-18 years are overweight (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, online). Obesity has resulted to disruption in sleep related breathing that is four times more. Children between the ages of 7-15 spend five or more hours watching television in a day. High school students spend two to three hours of exercise every other day (Yvonne, p1137).