Childhood obesity CHILDREN ARE EATING THEMSELVES TO DEATH Presented By: Sara Rawe
An epidemic Over the past decade, childhood cases of type 2 diabetes have increased nearly ten fold because of the rising rates in obesity. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children (over 9 million) ages 6-19 years old are overweight or obese. During the past thirty years, the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for children aged 2-5 years and adolescents aged 12-19 years, and more than tripled for children aged 6-11 years. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009)
Socioeconomic Status: Families with lower incomes or have nonworking parents are often associated with greater caloric intake for their activity level. Physical inactivity:The popularity of television, computers, and video games correlates to inactive lifestyles for many children in the United States.Children in the United States spend an average of over three hours per day watching television. Not only does this use little energy (calories), it also encourages snacking.Fewer than half of children in the United States have a parent who engages in regular physical exercise.
Health problems - Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart disease, asthma, joint problems, infertility in women
Social problems – low self esteem, picked on or ridiculed at school, peer issues, afraid to meet to people
Long term effects – more likely to become an overweight adult which put individuals at high risk for health complications, and ultimately can shorten one’s life.
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