Childhood Obesity and Its Causes
Write a 1750 word paper answering; As it is a common factor in most of the countries, and the one draining their vitality, the rise in childhood obesity is a puzzling question among the general public. Obesity refers to children and youth between the ages of 2 and 18 years who have body mass indexes (BMIs) equal to or greater than the 95th percentile of the age- and gender-specific BMI charts developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Childhood Obesity in the United States: Facts and Figures).
There are various reasons which lead one to be obese, like the discouraging mentality of the urban and suburban to walking and other physical activities, pressures on families to minimize food costs, reduced use of vegetables, decreased opportunities for physical exercises, spending much time watching television or playing computer of video games, and so on. As it is evident that children are the groups that face the real threat of obesity, the study of the rise in child obesity deserves prominence and it also evaluates the assumptions of the society about this problem. Obesity is a serious public health problem worldwide that can be effectively addressed only if governments, international agencies, industry/trade, media, health professionals, and consumers accept that they have important roles to play in its management and prevention (Hofbauer, G. Karl, et al 461). Since it is a serious public health problem, it is evident that it does not have a single solution. The paper presents the vulnerability of obesity through evidence-based research. It also attempts to explore the underlying factors that cause for the rise of obesity among the children and who are responsible for promoting obesity.
The causes of obesity are many and varied, and the studies are still going on intended to explore its root causes.