In the following article, we will talk about one of the most worrying topics across the United States – the obesity in childhood. More and more children are becoming overweight and then obese. Since 1980s, the number of obese children has tripled. There is a big difference between being overweight and being obese, but being overweight means that a child can eventually become obese. Nearly 25% of the children in the United States are either obese or overweight. Children and their parents should pay attention to what the children eat, because with the obesity comes a huge number of various health problems that are not easy to treat, and some of them are liver problems, diabetes etc. The measure of a person`s weight in relation to their height is called Body Mass Index (BMI) which should be over 30 for a person to be obese.
Causes of the obesity in childhood
Nowadays, children don`t go out to play with their friends and they don`t do exercises. They sit in front of a TV or at the computer and consume unhealthy food, which is the main reason for obesity in childhood in the United States. Moreover, mothers who don`t cook too good tend to take their families to regular or fast food restaurants, which is one more reason why children are gaining so much weight.
Facts and statistics
Some statistics show that in 32 states across the United States, child obesity was over 25 percent and in 6 states over 30 percent. Only in the state of Colorado the child obesity was below 20 percent, which is again a lot. These numbers are concerning because children really shouldn`t be obese or overweight, nor the parents should allow them to get there. Other statistics show that the obesity in children between 6 and 11 years has increased for 17%, whereas the obesity in children between 12 and 19 years went up almost 18%. In the four years time there were some shocking statistics that almost 12% of adolescents and children across the United States were obese and over 16% were overweight but with a tendency to become obese. These are really moving facts.
Parents` dealing with obesity
Parents need to teach their children what is healthy and what is not, what is good and what is bad. But they themselves need to know that their children are usually imitating their actions. However, there are a lot of parents who don`t want to deal with the problem itself. They are blaming the school education for not teaching their children about the negative sides of obesity and overweight and they don`t want to understand the needs of their children. Sometimes the children are eating just to hurt their parents. So, if you are a parent, don`t let your child`s health slip through your fingers just because you don`t have time for it or you think it is someone else`s job.