CHILDHOOD OBESITY IMPACTING YOUR BUSINESS?
DIRECT MEDICAL COSTS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY
CHILDHOOD OBESITY CAUSES & CONSEQUENCES
Childhood obesity is a complex health issue. It occurs when a child is well above the normal or healthy weight for his or her age and height. The causes of excess weight gain in young people are similar to those in adults, including factors such as a person's behavior and genetics.Our nation's overall increase in obesity also is influenced by a person's community. Where people live can affect their ability to make healthy choices.
Behaviors that influence excess weight gain include eating high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and beverages, not getting enough physical activity, sedentary activities such as watching television or other screen devices, medication use, and sleep routines.
In contrast, consuming a healthy diet and being physically active can help children grow as well as maintain a healthy weight throughout childhood. Balancing energy or calories consumed from foods and beverages with the calories burned through activity plays a role in preventing excess weight gain. In addition, eating healthy and being physically active also has other health benefits and helps to prevent chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
It can be difficult for children and parents to make healthy food choices and get enough physical activity when they are exposed to environments that do not support healthy habits. Places such as child care centers, schools, or communities can affect diet and activity through the foods and drinks they offer and the opportunities for physical activity they provide. Other community factors that affect diet and physical activity include the affordability of healthy food options, peer and social supports, marketing and promotion, and policies that determine how a community is designed.
More Immediate Health Risks
- Obesity during childhood can have a harmful effect on the body in a variety of ways. Children who have obesity are more likely to have(1-7)
- High blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD).
- Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.
- Breathing problems, such as asthma and sleep apnea.
- Joint problems and musculoskeletal discomfort.
- Fatty liver disease, gallstones, and gastro-esophageal reflux (i.e., heartburn).
- Childhood obesity is also related to8-10:
- Psychological problems such as anxiety and depression.
- Low self-esteem and lower self-reported quality of life.
- Social problems such as bullying and stigma.
Future Health Risks
- Children who have obesity are more likely to become adults with obesity.11 Adult obesity is associated with increased risk of a number of serious health conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.12
- If children have obesity, their obesity and disease risk factors in adulthood are likely to be more severe.13
CHILDHOOD OBESITY THE EXPLODING NIGHTMARE
CHILDHOOD OBESITY:CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES, AND INTERVENTION APPROACHES
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JOURNAL OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY
The Journal of Childhood Obesity is an open access and peer reviewed journal that aims at providing complete and reliable information about the causes, cure, effects and prevention of childhood obesity and related effects by publishing articles, review papers, case reports and making them freely available for all.
THE CHILDHOOD OBESITY EPIDEMIC
FOOD & ADDICTION
FAST FOOD BABIES
THE BIG BUSINESS OF OBESITY
DOCUMENTARY ON CHILDHOOD OBESITY
THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION
OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY IN CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS
Obesity among children, adolescents and adults has emerged as one of the most serious public health concerns in the 21st century. The worldwide prevalence of childhood obesity has increased remarkably over the past 3 decades. The growing prevalence of childhood obesity has also led to appearance of obesity-related comorbid disease entities at an early age.
HEALTH RELATED ISSUES IN CHILDREN
MENTAL HEALTH & OBESITY
Childhood obesity is a growing concern, and while progress has been made to understand the association between multiple biological factors (i.e., genetics, nutrition, exercise etc.), little is known about the relationship between mental health and childhood obesity. In this paper, we offer a review of current evidence about the association between mental health and childhood obesity.
TACKLING CHILDHOOD OBESITY RESEARCH
CHILDHOOD OVERWEIGHT & OBESITY
In the United States, approximately 1 out of every 3 children and teens is overweight or obese. Children who are overweight or obese are at risk for serious health problems as they get older, including the following:
Severe obesity can cause liver problems and arthritis.
A child who is overweight or obese also may be teased or bullied about his or her weight, feel bad about his or her body, or feel isolated or alone. These feelings can interfere with a child’s ability to learn, make friends, and interact with others.
CHILDHOOD OBESITY TRENDS
WHAT IS CHILDHOOD OBESITY?
CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN AMERICA
Childhood Obesity in America: Biography of an Epidemic
A century ago, a plump child was considered a healthy child. No longer. An overweight child is now known to be at risk for maladies ranging from asthma to cardiovascular disease, and obesity among American children has reached epidemic proportions. Childhood Obesity in America traces the changes in diagnosis and treatment, as well as popular understanding, of the most serious public health problem facing American children today.
Excess weight was once thought to be something children outgrew, or even a safeguard against infectious disease. But by the mid-twentieth century, researchers recognized early obesity as an indicator of lifelong troubles. Debates about its causes and proper treatment multiplied. Over the century, fat children were injected with animal glands, psychoanalyzed, given amphetamines, and sent to fat camp. In recent decades, an emphasis on taking personal responsibility for one's health, combined with commercial interests, has affected the way the public health establishment has responded to childhood obesity--and the stigma fat children face. At variance with this personal emphasis is the realization that societal factors, including fast food, unsafe neighborhoods, and marketing targeted at children, are strongly implicated in weight gain. Activists and the courts are the most recent players in the obesity epidemic's biography.
Today, obesity in this age group is seen as a complex condition, with metabolic, endocrine, genetic, psychological, and social elements. Laura Dawes makes a powerful case that understanding the cultural history of a disease is critical to developing effective health policy.