The Causes and Effects of Obesity Essay
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So much of what occurs in this world is a result of cause and effect. For instance, if a match is struck; a flame ignites, if water is put on the flame; the flame is extinguished, if more fuel is added to the fire; the fire gets bigger. A major problem in our society today, the problem of obesity, results from cause and effect. While many factors are involved, the causes for obesity are ultimately from choices made by individuals. One of the causes for the continuing rise in obesity in the United States is because the cycle of obesity, that perpetuates from parents to their children, continues. Poor nutritional and physical activity modeling from obese parents has a profound negative effect on their children, and if we are ever going to be…show more content…
While fast food is not the best choice of food to eat, it can be fine if eaten in moderation, and if children want to eat fast food too much, parents should just say "no". Some parents blatantly state that they don't not have the control to resist buying unhealthy products for their children. They make it seem like they truly do not have a choice of whether they choose to feed their children healthy food or junk food, either because their children demand it or because they are are ignorant about other healthier alternatives. It is humorous to imagine a parent being driven by some powerful force driving through a fast food line or shopping in a grocery store and the unhealthy literally food jumping in shopping cart itself. It is a funny thought but that is almost what it is made to seem like. Recently there was a shocking story in the news about a toddler in Indonesia that smokes numerous cigarettes a day, the parents of the toddler say it is basically too difficult to get him to quit. There was an uproar from shocked parents around the world, claiming child abuse. While of course it is a tragedy for such a thing like a toddler smoking to occur, and in no way should ever be condoned, there is some hypocrisy involved there. Some of the parents who were disgusted by the story and condemned the toddler's parents are in fact hypocrites, for they are also guilty of knowingly making unhealthy choices for their children, that could be as detrimental to their
Childhood Obesity in US
In the US, the rate of Childhood obesity has been on a high rise over the past three decades, and today, the United States is known to have some of the most cases of obesity in a child’s life. In deep reality check, the obesity in children has more than doubled and that of adolescence have tripled over more than 25 years ago. It has come to be noted that one out of six children is obese and in the same case, one out of three children is either overweight or obese.
The major cause of obesity in children and adolescence is eating too much and having limited exercise. However, this is not always apparent because some cases of obesity are brought about by genetic factors. That is, if your child has was born form a family of members who are overweight, then the child may end up being obese.
Obesity in childhood has both the instant and long-term effects on the health of a child as well as his/her well living. The immediate effects are; the obese adolescence may have a pre-diabetes which is a condition whereby the levels of glucose will indicate a high risk of diabetes development. Obese children and adolescence are also at a higher risk of having joints and bones complications, sleep apnea as well as some psychosocial problems like low self-esteem and stigmatization.
The long-term effects on health by obesity in childhood are; the obese children and adolescents will most likely be obese when they are grown men and women and this causes them more risk for further heart diseases, some cancer types, strokes or osteoarthritis. The other long-term effect is that obesity and overweight is usually associated with more risks for a lot of cancer types like breast cancer, gall bladder, colon, kidney, ovary, prostrate or cervix cancer. Also the other diseases are lymphoma of Hodgkin and multiple myeloma.
To prevent the occurrence of the related obesity diseases, children should practice a healthy lifestyle habits which will help to lower the risk of becoming obese and having other related diseases. This includes eating healthy and engaging in physical activities. In the United States, schools can establish a secure and supportive environment that has policies and other practices which support the healthy behaviors.
The health of a human being will mostly depend on the childhood raising and this is in relation to the healthy eating and if one is active enough in the physical activities. Parents must therefore develop a strategy of ensuring their children are active enough and not lazy as such. Schools in the United Sates are also expected to create awareness and education on how to prevent obesity by staying and eating healthy.