Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Most Common Causes of Obesity in Children

by Phillip Stone

There's something quite sad about seeing a child who is so overweight that they're unable to walk up stairs without breathing hard or are unable to play outside with their friends without stopping to sit for a few minutes. Childhood obesity is a growing problem that is becoming more serious as time goes on, leaving worried parents wondering how to help their children, and children running the risk of developing a multitude of weight-related health problems.

There are a number of factors that can cause childhood obesity and weight problems. One of the biggest causes of the condition is twofold: unhealthy eating habits and lack of physical activity. Children in previous generations had no way to entertain themselves but to be active and to use their imaginations, while children today have video games and television to keep them entertained. Instead of getting physical activity, children are plopping themselves in front of the TV for hours on end. In fact, some studies show that children spend at least four hours a day watching television or playing video games. This is clearly a contributing factor to sedentary lifestyles in children, which is a contributing factor to childhood obesity.

Unhealthy eating patterns are also becoming a problem in today's society, as parents and children are rushing here and there in order to get their daily routines completed. Oftentimes, families are forced to head to the drive-thru to get a quick bite. Eating all this unhealthy fast food is contributing to weight problems as children are not getting proper nutrition, instead filling their bodies with foods that are high in fat, carbs, cholesterol, and sodium. Couple this with a lack of exercise, and it's no wonder that childhood obesity is on the rise.

While weight problems can run in families and some scientists theorize that genetics play a role in obesity, this does not necessarily mean that certain children will be overweight. All kids should be getting proper nutrition, regular exercise, and a good amount of sleep to stay healthy and fit, but particularly children of obese parents. These kids are at a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese themselves, so these healthy lifestyle choices should be introduced early on.

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Most Common Causes of Obesity in Children



At March 17, 2010 at 4:15 PM , Blogger Jessica Hilda Colon-Holmers said...

What about the children that don't have a playground nearby - or even a backyard? Not only is it a high risk for minorities due to culture, but because of racial disparity and income levels, many kids have no choice but to be stuck in front of a TV due to bad neighborhoods and small apartments. And many more have no access to healthy foods.
It is a dilemma, and it is one I can only hope that the First Lady will help our country become a healthier, happier and fitter place for ALL people.


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