Childhood Obesity - Health and Nutrition

CDC Statistics

Health problems related to childhood obesity were confirmed in the CDC book on the health consequences of obesity as more than 72 million people are obese in the USA, and 16% of the children. The rates have doubled since 1980, for adults, and the rates have tripled for children. The increase is irrespective of age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education level or geographic region.

Children and adolescents have physical, psychological and social consequences due to obesity. They are developing Type 2 diabetes, which was an adult disease until recently. Obese children are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, along with high cholesterol, higher blood pressure and abnormal glucose tolerance tests In one study 70% of children between the ages of 5 to 17 they found obese children had at least one risk factor for heart disease and 39% had two risk factors. These statistics are very depressing for future generations.

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Childhood Obesity Facts

One of the realities for an obese child that has to be understood is extra fat cells originating with obesity in childhood never disappear. The child can lose weight and the fat cells will lose their store of fat. If the child gains weight later in life those fat cells will fill back up with a fat deposit, which makes it easier to regain weight later in life. It doesn’t mean you can’t lose the extra weight; you will just have to work a little harder at the weight loss.

It is best for the child if the mother can breast feed. If a child is fed cow’s milk under the age of two they have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Another interesting factor is, if mom was exposed to famine conditions during pregnancy a son has a higher risk of obesity after the age of 50, stated by Carol Simontacchi in her book, “Weight Success for a Lifetime.” This would include a mother dieting during pregnancy, particularly if she was using diet pills.

Americans ate less than 20 pounds of sugar in the early 1900’s but by now that figure is up to over 200 pounds annually, due to soft drinks, candy, etc. Obviously this puts your child at higher risk for Type 2 diabetes and Syndrome X, “a cluster of symptoms that includes abdominal obesity.” This much sugar intake causes your pancreas to secrete too much insulin, which causes your body to store fat.

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In Conclusion

Of course, years ago we didn't know that we were making such unhealthy choices or that we were setting our children up for weight gain problems. The only practical thing to do now is to change our eating habits and exercise habits. It is important to set a good example for our children.

For those that have young children, at least you have this information in a timely manner. We know about the health consequences of obesity now, so our children should be healthier and hopefully we can avoid obesity for them. We can stop health problems related to childhood obesity by keeping children active. Start them on a healthy diet from the time they are babies and there is a better chance they will not become obese. Limit fast food and keep healthy snacks in the home

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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partisan patriot 6 years ago


These statistics are alarming yet they don’t surprise me. During the 50 and 60’s when I was growing up you never passed a ball field in the spring, summer or fall that wasn’t full of kids playing baseball or football. During the winter we knew which churches in town had gyms and quickly made friends with kids that attended those churches so we could play basketball on the weekends. We stayed out all day during the summer and played until we had to go in for the night.

Now you pass the ball fields and they are empty. Kids stay inside all day and play video games while they eat! For the life of me I can’t figure out why they are getting so fat. Maybe they should start eating virtual food to go along the virtual world they live in!

Also I’m not surprised by the intake of over 200 pounds of sugar annually, due to soft drinks, candy, etc. I guess we were too poor to have all the soft drinks and candy we would have liked; Kool Aide (not the Clinton Kool Aide variety) but the real stuff was our treat but mostly I drank milk with every meal!

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"Quill" 6 years ago

Drive down any main street or avenue in any city and count the fast food signs and tell me if that is not having an adverse effect on children's minds. Then come home and sit in front of the TV and tell me what you see there as well.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Patriot and Quill, Thank you for your comments. I do think children were so much more active when we were young. In the neighborhoods we played tag, kick the can, hide n seek, and rode bikes every day. Them, Quill, I remember the first McDonalds in our area. I love those french fries but was an older teen by then. It is a different world today.

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

When I was going up a million years ago, I don't remember one child being Fat, we had NO fast food places then, maybe just an A&W Rootbeer hangout for all the teens to hang out. This is our culture of today's sick world. Great hub I enjoyed reading it.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Darlene, You're right. I don't remember fat kids when I was growing up either. Thanks for your comment.

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JannyC 6 years ago

Wow that's amazing being a parent I worry about this and try not to let my son become a statistic. The boy loves to eat and especially all the goodies. They are usually only special treats if he has done good in school or at home.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Janny, Thanks for the comment. I remember when my boys were young and they were the same way. I just tried to set some reasonable boundaries and keep them away from candy that would rot their teeth.

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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

So right, obesity causes a wide range of health problems. Our high tech, quick/fast/faster/fastest society does not take time as we should to utilize these advancements to find out how we are healthwise. Hopefully, as more is made known to the general public, we will change our diets. Good hub!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, I hope you are right because we often just take the easy, fast way out. Thanks for your comments.

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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Thank you for this information. It was an eye opener for me.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Nancy, Thank you for your comment.

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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

That's shocking Pamela...and I'm so glad you've brought it to our notice (being a parent myself); Not only are all the cold drinks and candies to blame as you say, but also the lack of enough exercise, what with kids just sitting for hours playing nintendo and online activities! Thank you for the reminder..take care :)

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Myownworld, I think you are absolutely right. Thank you for your comment.

jordan 6 years ago

its insane. i didn't know that when you're young you can develop more fat cells. that's crazy. ya know the crappy part about life today is the fact that we have to go to the gym now to stay in shape instead of getting our exercise from daily routine. also, it's funny who when twiggy was real big with her modeling, everyone was scared that ppl were too skinny. now its just the opposite.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Jordan, You made some good points but all we can do now is play the cards we've been dealt. Just a brisk walk 3 or 4 times weekly is good exercise and that is all something many people do. Thanks for your comment.

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catherine74 6 years ago from London

Good hub. Its shocking the way that obesity is filtering down to our children. We have a responsibility to ensure that our children don't suffer from the same ills that we have. Thanks for the info.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Catherine, I agree that this a big problem and thanks for your comments.

health products 6 years ago

There is a study conducted that says that your kids will likely become obese if you eat unhealthy foods during your pregnancy.

Health Problem Weight Gain 6 years ago

Junk food is also one of the cause. Obesity is a big problem for Children that leads to hazardous diseases later in adultery.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Health Problem, I agree. Eating healthy is the key. Thanks for your comment.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

I hadn't heard that. Thanks for your comment.

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