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Child Obesity

Article by Jamie Hanson

Child Obesity is a pandemonium that is very usual among children in the recent period. A kid suffering from obesity appears bulky and heavy as compared to other kids of his age and height. An obese child’s weight is higher in comparison to his height and age. It is a most usual situation normally found in US and UK. Actually, an obese child is overweight and faces a lot of problem to lead a normal life.

There are several factors that lead to this trouble, it may be genetically transmitted, or might be because of a wrong eating patterns or may be because of insufficiency of correct physical exercises. There are certain studies that say that if a child is born to obese parents he may possibly to be obese as well, but anyways this is not a proven truth. There might be other option that a child who often eats too much of junk food and fast food, a lot of much of ice-creams, candies or any other food that is unhealthy might become obese. Lack of appropriate physical activity may be other serious reason that may cause child obesity. Generally, kids love to watch TV constantly without paying much interest on their day-to-day exercises and often while watching TV for long hours munch on wafers or pop-corns or some other fatty and injurious food. Children are more excited to play games on computers, cell phones or video games which includes no physical activity, thus the child sits on one place continuously to enjoy the game and take delight in that but they neglect the fact that they are doing a great damage to their body and health. As the body is not physically active, the energy stored in body gets converted to fats, which further results in obesity. You should not hold responsible technology or games for this, actually the parents should accept the fact that it is their failure to make their kid do too much of physical activity that is good for their fitness and keeps them fit.

Junk food and fast food which have set a madness because of their mouth-watering tastes often tempt the kids to munch on these, these kinds of food are great in fats and very low in nutrients, hence this food does too much of harm to our body rather than something good. The companies put forward their junk and fast food stuff through attractive advertisements and thus the child finds it hard to refrain and gets the habit of eating such type of unhealthy food. But then the parents need to be wise enough to watch their eating habits by making them reliaze about the harmful effects of such type of food and thus control them to eat fast food.

If a child is obese it does not mean that he just appears plump and heavy but there are serious other health problems associated with obesity like:Problem in mobility: This is a main problem that an obese child finds difficult to move around, to play, to climb, to jump and to do various other physical exercises that a normal child can do without much difficulty. Other serious health problems are that an obese child may get life threatening diseases like Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure or also Cancer! Child obesity leads to adult obesity and they bear too much of physical constraints throughout their lives. Not just do they face physical hardship but they also face mental torture as the family members or siblings or friends taunt and humiliate the child for looking plumpy and fat which might often lead to problems like child depression that further worsens the situation.

Whichever might be the cause for child obesity either harmful eating patterns or hereditary factor, ultimately it is the duty of the parents to watch that their child does a good amount of physical activity and consume a balanced diet.

Child Obesity and how theTsolutions can help you fight it!

 In United States child obesity is the most common nutritional disease. Due to adverse effects never seen before in kids, child obesity is considered the worst public health problem and social crisis. Diabetes, high cholesterol, left ventricular hypertrophy, atherosclerosis, metabolic syndrome, sleep disorders, hip pain, hypertension, heart failure, as well as psychological effects such as stigmatization, discrimination, depression and emotional trauma are some of the devastating health complications associated with child obesity affecting kids 10 year old and younger. Obesity in childhood also substantially increases the risk of being an obese adult. Discrimination against overweight children begins early in childhood and becomes progressively institutionalized. Because obese children tend to be taller than their non-overweight classmates, they are up to be viewed as more mature, an inappropriate expectations will affect the way they socialize with other kids their age.

 

Every day we see more and more obese kids in schools, and sadly everything indicates that the number will outrageously increase. Obesity affects one in five children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*, over 9 million (16%) of all 6-19-year-olds are overweight or obese—a number that has tripled since 1980.

 

While the number of children and adolescents developing Type-2 Diabetes alarming increases (also termed as adult-onset diabetes) due to being overweight, sleep Apnea (interruption of breath while sleeping) is considered as the most severe problem faced by obese children.

The high levels of cholesterol and high blood pressure, liver diseases, orthopedic problems and asthma (some of the main risk factors for development of heart diseases) are found in most of the obese children; more than 70% obese adolescents retain their overweight and obese condition even during their adulthood.

 

With obesity rates rising among children, Florida legislators want to find a way to put a stop to it. They are pushing to increase the requirement for physical education in Elementary School children.

The Florida legislature is considering a bill that would require kindergarten through 5-th grade students to spend at least 2 and half hours a week either exercising or learning about health. I some counties in Florida daily physical activities is now mandatory. In Watergrass Elementary School a physical activity log is send home every quarter, to be completed by parents; turning in the log at the end of the quarter is obligatory to obtain a grade “A” on physical education.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama is also concern with this social and health crisis and recently launched the Let’s Move! Campaign to solve the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. “We all know the numbers,” Obama said. “I mean, one in three kids is overweight or obese, and we’re spending 0 billion a year treating obesity-related illnesses. So we know this is a problem, and there’s a lot at stake.”

 

There are basically two ways you can work toward reversing or preventing childhood obesity,

1 Improve Eating Habits

2. Increase Physical Activity

 

If your child is overweight or obese, a crash diet is not necessary. The only thing needed is an improved way of eating, that your kids can sustain for years to come. And it will be easier for both you and your kids, if you apply changes to the entire family’s menu. Move toward to a diet that is lower in fat and empty calories, and rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, and whole grains. Also beware of liquid calories. It’s easy to rack up an unhealthy, unnecessary number of calories by drinking them (in soda or juice, for example). Serve water and low- or non-fat milk instead.

 

On November 2009 Donald Trump joined this effort to fight child obesity, and along with The Trump Network launch, the company introduced Snazzle Snaxxs™, a line of affordable products formulated to fit kid’s nutritional needs and prevent child obesity, giving your kids the taste they crave and the nutrition you want.

 

While the ultimate solution is fresh foods as close to nature as possible, there’s a huge need to bridge the gap and provide the same satisfaction as “junk” food while helping, not hurting, our kids. Snazzle Snaxxs are a high protein, healthy alternative. They have the great flavor your kids crave but without the high amount of calories, fat, and sugars they don’t need. Your kids will enjoy the benefits of healthier eating such as performing better physically and academically, and you can take satisfaction in knowing you’re giving your children a healthy head start in life. Between the Snazzle Snaxxs™ products you can find healthy snacks, cereals, shakes and other drinks. To learn more about the Snazzle Snaxxs™, visit The Trump Network website.

 

Even though there is no quick fix to child or adult obesity , it can be solve and prevented, trough good constant nutritional habits and bringing physical activities as part of you daily routine.

 

Child obesity needs to be addressed at the root—at home and school. Children’s lifestyle is set-up and controlled by the parents. Therefore, parents concerned about overweight issues among their children must seriously evaluate the family lifestyle. Family lifestyle not only affects the child today, but establishes the norm for teenage and adult years.

 

I have always taken the position that if you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem. My effort to continue educating about this problem is my attempt to be part of the solution. To contact me and learn how The Trump Network can change your life style and solve child and adult obesity fill up the contact form on my website, I would love to help you change your life and put an end to child obesity in your family.

The New Epidemic: Child Obesity

Article by Lauren Weiss

Child Obesity… it’s everywhere now. Over 1 in 5 kids are obese now. What is happening to our kids?

Things have changed a lot since I was a child, nearly 50 years ago. We had Physical Education in school every single day, it was mandatory. Most of us kids brought our lunches to school, consisting of a healthy sandwich, fresh fruit, homemade cookies, and juice or milk to drink. Or you could purchase milk and apples from the snack bar. Oh yeah, there was candy and Twinkies, etc., But the Washington Red Delicious apples were so good who wanted candy?

After school we’d play tag football or ride bikes around the neighborhood, and on weekends helped our parents with the chores, and then played some more out in the street, or in the backyard with friends. In high school, I rode my bicycle to school, approximately 6 miles from home on a hilly road. Many of my friends had cars, but we couldn’t afford it, and I didn’t like riding the school bus. We rarely had any ‘fat’ kids in school. If there was an obese child, it most likely was a specific health issue.

We didn’t have computers back then, video games, DVR with cable TV, cell phones to text messages on, chat rooms, or movie rentals. The only fast food restaurant that I recall was McDonald’s and it was only on special occasions that we would ever go there. Eating out in restaurants was a treat, but we didn’t do it all that often. Money was tight. It was more practical to buy the ingredients to make a nice meal at home. I loved to cook, and often would use my parents as ‘guinea pigs’ creating unique and interesting dishes. This is a fond memory, because many of those dishes actually turned out to be delicious and I still make them today. When my kids come to visit they always request them.

But I’m getting off topic. I want to talk about child obesity. It’s become the new ‘epidemic’. Everywhere you go, the children are chubby. What is happening to our next generation? It’s been reported that between 5-25 percent of children and teenagers in the United States are obese (Dietz, 1983). The prevalence of obesity in the young varies with ethnic groups. Is it based on economics? Junk and fast food is considered cheaper. It is estimated that 5-7 percent of White and Black children are obese, while 12 percent of Hispanic boys and 19 percent of Hispanic girls are obese (Office of Maternal and Child Health, 1989). Note that this quoted citation is as of 1989, so increase those percentages by another 5-10%, at least, since that was almost 20 years ago!

Is obesity among children on the rise? A study done by the National Children and Youth Fitness Study revealed in their finding that 6-9 year olds have thicker skinfolds than their counterparts in the 1960s (Ross & Pate, 1987). Other studies done during the same period, also disclosed their findings to show a 54 percent increase in the prevalence of obesity among 6-11 year olds (Gortmaker, Dietz, Sobol, & Wehler, 1987).

Defining Obesity in Children and Adolescents

Most folks know what obesity looks like, or what the ideal weight should be for children of a certain age. If not, their doctor will certainly tell them. When the total body weight is more than 25 percent fat in boys and more than 32 percent fat in girls (Lohman, 1987). Although childhood obesity is often defined as a weight-for-height in excess of 120 percent of the ideal, skinfold measures are more accurate determinants of fatness (Dietz, 1983; Lohman, 1987).

Skinfold measures are easy to obtain by a trained technician in a school or clinical setting. The triceps alone, triceps and subscapular, triceps and calf, and calf alone have been used with children and adolescents. When the triceps and calf are used, a sum of skinfolds of 10-25mm is considered optimal for boys, and 16-30mm is optimal for girls (Lohman, 1987).

The Problem of Obesity

I remember when my children were babies. They were just about the chubbiest little babies you ever saw. But they were 100% breastfed for over 6 months, and then gradually began to add bananas, cereal, and fruit to their daily diet. They were breastfed for nearly 2 years, all three of them. They lost their chubbiness when they started walking, and now, they are all in their 20′s and by most standards, would be considered underweight. Today, they are all tall, handsome and beautiful, and not an ounce of fat on either of them.

It’s true that not all obese infants become obese children, and not all obese children become obese adults. But it goes without saying that the prevalence of obesity increases with age among both males and females (Lohman, 1987), and there is a greater likelihood that obesity beginning even in early childhood will persist through the life span (Epstein, Wing, Koeske, & Valoski, 1987).

There are many health risks to the child that is obese. The challenge of dealing with the extra weight into adulthood is only one of the issues. Pediatric hypertension is of the complications resulting from obesity, and this health issue is associated with Type II diabetes mellitus, increases the risk of coronary heart disease, increases stress on the weight-bearing joints, lowers self-esteem, and affects relationships with peers. Obese children also suffer from social and psychological problems and these can cause additional emotional and mental problems long into adulthood.

For more information about Childhood Obesity, check out my book at Live Long and Live Healthy/child-obesity.html .

References

References identified with an EJ or ED number have been abstracted and are in the ERIC data base. Journal articles (EJ) should be available at most research libraries; documents (ED) are available in ERIC microfiche collections at more than 700 locations. Documents can also be ordered through the ERIC Document Reproduction Service: (800) 443-3742. For more information contact the ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 293-2450.

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Dietz, W. H. (1983). Childhood obesity: Susceptibility, cause, and management. Journal of Pediatrics, 103(5), 676-686. Epstein, L. H., Wing, R. R., Koeske, R., & Valoski, A. (1987). Long-term effects of family-based treatment of childhood obesity. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 55(1), 91-95. EJ 352 076.

Effects, Causes, and Solutions of Child Obesity


Child obesity is an increasingly prevalent disease. Since 1960 child obesity has risen 54%; some experts estimate the overall prominence of child obesity to be as high as 34.7% of all children ages 3-11.


Child Obesity is the leading cause of Pediatric Hypertension and is associated with type 2 diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease, the leading cause of death in America according to the American Heart Organization.


This disease increases stress on weight bearing joints (back, knees, and ankles) which can lead to arthritis later in life, as well as increase the risk for injuries in these areas.


However many psychologists believe the most devastating consequence of Child Obesity is the severe psycho-social problems that are a direct result of child obesity. Lowered self-esteem from a negative self image due to the child obesity can lead to lack of confidence and under achievement.

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Child Obesity also has many social impacts as well. The impact of obesity on relationships can be significant. Other children may ostricise and avoid your child, enhancing the negative self-image.


Understanding the causes of Child Obesity is paramount to its successful treatment. Children mimic their parents in many aspects and among them is the amount of physical activity they get and their diet.


The risk of a child developing child obesity is increased if one parent is obese and nearly double if both parents are obese.


Child Obesity is much more common among children who frequently watch TV. Little energy is expended and high calorie snacks are consumed. Child Obesity causes lethargy so the child watches TV. While watching TV the child eats high cal snacks causing significant weight gain, which then in turn causes more lethargy. This cycle is up to the parents to break.


1/3 elementary children have no daily physical education.

1/5 elementary children have no extracurricular activities.


The other major cause of child obesity is heredity. This doesn’t mean a child will be obese, it merely means that child has increased risk and must carefully monitor their weight and diet. Overweight mothers are more likely to have an obese child. Studies have shown obese mothers’ children gain nearly 7 lbs more than their normal weight counterparts by 3 months of age.


Physical activity should be a part of every diet program. Secondary is managing calorie intake by diet management, and third is to modify the behaviors of the children so they stay healthy.


Education of the parents and children on proper dieting techniques is essential!