My fellow schoolmates of________, I come to you today to inform you of childhood obesity worldwide. Obesity is a condition in which body fat has accumulated so that health may be negatively affected. Obesity has been called the new worldwide epidemic by many doctors. Obesity is, easily, the world’s fastest-growing health concern. This condition, though, is not limited to adults. Doctors have recently found that nearly thirteen percent of all children suffer from this problem, and that statistic seems to go up each year.
Understanding the jump in childhood obesity rates is directly linked to understanding obesity itself. Other institutions, though, suggest that a child whose body weight is at least 20% higher than a child of a similar height is obese. No matter what the exact definition, obesity is simply excess body fat. Why, though, is obesity such a concern? I mean, hey, an extra snack or two can’t really harm a kid, can it? Actually, yes, it can. Obesity cannot only increase the risk of psychological problems in kids, like eating disorders, depression, and anxiety problems, it can also put them at risk for all sorts of physiological problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. In fact, forty-five percent of all new cases of juvenile type-II diabetes are obesity-linked.
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Childhood obesity increases the risk of orthopedic problems. Because kids are forced to carry extra weight that their bone structures cannot handle, bowed legs and arthritis are increasingly present. Obese kids also have more skin disorders than children of a healthy weight. Obesity increases the skin area subject to folds, which, in turn, increases problems like heat rash and dermatitis, which is the inflammation of the skin. All of this can create serious problems for the child and our health care system. Each child who demonstrates symptoms of obesity should be carefully evaluated by a medical professional for these conditions. However, most doctors suggest that the occurrence of these problems in children is quite low. The obesity epidemic is linked to more serious societal problems like low physical activity levels and poor eating habits.
There is little doubt that childhood obesity rates are rising, and treatments for the problem may be simpler than you think. The best treatment for the problem is prevention. This can be accomplished by increasing the number of mothers who breastfeed their babies, thereby delaying the introduction of solid foods to six months of age, limiting the television and video game intake of toddlers and older kids alike, providing healthy, low-fat, nutritious snacks and meals for kids of all ages, and creating family exercise plans.
If obesity has already occurred, treatment should include a manageable weight loss plan, behaviour modification therapies, nutrition counselling, and exercise. Childhood obesity is on the rise, and clearly, everyone is at risk from the effects of this devastating condition. This “unknown” problem in the world needs attention. The children are our future, and thus, it is unacceptable to put them at risk for obesity and the health problems associated with being overweight. By advocating healthy diets, exercise, and education, the fast increase in childhood obesity throughout the country can be ended.