Childhood Obesity Cause and Effect Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Childhood Obesity
A look at the problem of childhood obesity.
# 117593 | 1,343 words | 7 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 09, 2009 in Medical and Health (Eating Disorders) , Psychology (Eating Disorders)

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This paper deals with the growing global problem of childhood obesity. It lists the physiological effects that can occur as a result and how many of the risks continue into adulthood. It also looks at psychological damage that can occur and concludes with some tips as to how parents and nurses can help children maintain healthy weights by identifying unhealthy habits.

From the Paper:

"This is a common problem both in the United States and in the world in general, and is the result of dietary issues such as overeating or high cholesterol content in food, and compounded by low levels of cardiovascular activity in children (in large part due to the amount of time children spend on computers or on-line gaming environments in this day and age), where cardiovascular activity levels are dropping according to current trends. Today 20 to 30% of children are classified as clinically obese, a percentage which has nearly doubled in the last two decades. The concerns about being obese are compounded by the fact that obesity is difficult to alleviate. Research reveals that overweight girls in childhood are up to 30 times more likely to be obese in young adulthood. In general, fifty percent of elementary school-age children and 80% of obese adolescents are found to remain obese in adulthood. The perpetuation issue is further revealed in the fact that 54.7% of obese children became obese adults and severely obese children (36.7%) are more likely to become obese adults than moderately obese children (16.8%) (Mastrangelo, Chaloupka and Rattigan, 2008). In other words, obesity is a hard problem to alleviate, and it is passed on easily, factors which compound the general health risk and threats of the condition thereof."

Sample of Sources Used:

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