Childhood Obesity - An Overview Research Paper by Nicky

A look at the problem of childhood obesity.
# 150520 | 2,579 words | 15 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper examines childhood obesity, noting its serious health and socioeconomic consequences. First, the paper notes the alarming trend of obesity among children, citing statistics. Then the paper addresses the factors that contribute to childhood obesity, such as poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle. Additionally, the paper notes the genetic influence of obesity. Next, the paper addresses the consequences of obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and coronary problems. It also explores the psychosocial impact of childhood obesity. Finally the paper describes possible solutions to childhood obesity, such as parental guidance and a national initiative. The paper concludes by stating that a multipronged approach involving parental guidance and school-based initiatives is necessary for tackling the preventable problem of childhood obesity from developing into an unmanageable healthcare crisis.


Understanding Obesity (Energy Balance and Obesity)
Growing Inactivity
Genetic Predisposition
Effects of Obesity
Type2 Diabetes
Pediatric Hypertension
Coronary Heart Diseases
Psychological and Psychosocial Effects
Possible Solutions
Parental Guidance (Teach by example)
Nationwide Interventions

From the Paper:

"Obesity is fast developing into a major healthcare threat for America. While the growing overweight concern among adults is a pressing issue what is more alarming is the developing trend of obesity and overweight condition among children. As per the 2007 National Youth Risk Behavior survey, around 13% of American high school children are obese [CDC] while 25% are clinically overweight. [Mashid, (2005)] In fact, Obesity among children is a global concern. In the UK, for instance, one in every 10 children below that age of six is obese. [Science Daily] Improper food habits and inactive lifestyle are the two main causes for the surging obesity epidemic. The flourishing fast food industry and the indiscriminate eating practices induced by the fast life style have all contributed to the high levels of obesity and overweight conditions. Statistics indicate over 65% of the students did not meet the recommended level of physical activity and over 34% of students consumed soda and other junk food everyday. [Mashid, (2005)] A brief overview of childhood obesity, its causes, effects and control measures would provide us a better picture into this growing health care crisis."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • A Maggio , Y. Aggoun & L. Marchand (2008) ,' Associations among Obesity, Blood Pressure, and Left Ventricular Mass', The Journal of Pediatrics, Volume 152, Issue 4, Pages 489-493
  • CDC, "The Obesity Epidemic and United States Students", retrieved Oct 7th 2009, from,
  • CDC, 'Availability of Less Nutritious Snack Foods and Beverages in Secondary Schools ---Selected States, 2002--2008', Retrieved Oct 9th 2009, from,
  • Commercial Alert, 'Junk Food Ad Ban Comes into Force in Britain', retrieved Oct 9th 2009, from,
  • David S Ludwig (Dec 2007), 'Childhood Obesity : The Shape of Things to Come', NEJM volume 357:2325-2327, Number 23. Retrieved Oct 9th 2009, from

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