The article, “Obesity in Children and Teens,” discusses the rising trend of obesity in teens and children under the age of 18. The trend has grown in recent years, and explains how between 16 and 31 percent of children in America are obese. It was proven that childhood obesity is also associated with emotional problems, as many teens have shown to have lower self-esteem and are less popular among their peers. There have also been 300,000 deaths in the United States that are connected to childhood obesity alone. While the causes of obesity are difficult to pinpoint due to numerous factors such as genetics and behavioral levels, it begins with too-large of a calorie consumption that is not burned up by the body. This results in resting fat, and over time results in obesity.
While these statistics are frightening, a main connection to obesity in children has been their habits. Although it was initially thought that technology (such as computers, video games, and television) were the main cause of childhood obesity, a study found in the “Snooze or Lose” article determined that both obese children and non-obese children were spending the same amount of time using both. The difference came with what was done after they were told to remove themselves from the technology source. While non-obese children went and engaged themselves in a more productive activity, obese children found other “non-physical activities” to do. These habits are directly connected to obesity.
The article(s) were interesting to read, and I thought that they provided good insight on the topic. The issue is growing rapidly in America, and I feel that obesity in children is a direct issue that needs to be addressed correctly, and not just addressed generally, since the causes differ amongst each child.
AACAP. "Obesity In Children And Teens." Obesity In Children And Teens | American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. AACAP, Mar. 2011. Web. 24 Sept. 2012.