Essay: Obesity in Young Children
This research paper is focusing obesity among children aged between 6 and 11 years because currently, obesity is a major concern to everyone in the society. Globally, there are more than 1 billion overweight adults; at least 300 million of these are obese. Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases that include type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer. The key causes of obesity are increased consumption of energy-dense foods high in saturated fats and sugars, and reduced physical activity.
Many children are obese and many more are continuing to gain excessive weight, which seems to be at the blink of getting obese. Most Americans are not concerned, after all, they are just kids and the Americans assume that as the kids, grow up they will grow out of it. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. A random survey in most residential areas revealed that in urban areas, there are a high number of overweight and obese children when compared to the rural areas. There has been Physical, psychological and social economic effects of obesity on children. Obesity has become an epidemic that World Health Organization officials have decided that they need to take a more aggressive approach. Hospital bills associated with overweight children have tripled over the last decade. The bills have shifted from $35 million in 1980s to $ 126 million.
Type II diabetes has been a major concern in the recent years, with the number of children diagnosed with these disease having risen significantly. This has however affected them up to adulthood. Currently, more that 25 percent of obese children are struggling with diabetes in adulthood. This is a difficult condition to treat and it is unfortunate that it is caused by obesity, which can easily be prevented and treated.