Preventing Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity is a very serious problem today in America. Becoming over
weight or obese is the result of consuming more energy or calories than needed (Phillips
2012). Many children who are obese or overweight are happy and confident. However
there are serious health and social concerns with being obese. By incorporating exercise,
eating healthy, and getting enough sleep children can avoid being obese.
Children today are not being physical active like they should. Most kids don’t
even go outside to play with their friend’s afterschool. They are consumed with watching
television or playing video games or with their electronic devices. Children are required
to get at least 60 minute of moderate to vigorous physical activity on a daily basis
(Siegel 2011). Physical Education in school can help children stay active by
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Children are also consuming more
sugary drinks and sodas instead of drinking more water. Actively positive social
modeling by adults and peers can be effective in encouraging healthier eating
(Kreichauf et al., 2012). Eating unhealthy foods and beverages can have a lasting effect
on the body.
Recently sleep has received a greater attention as a possible risk factor for
obesity in children (Jiarghorgj & Angeling 2012). Parents should encourage their
children to go to bed early so they can get the recommended hours of sleep that is
needed, which is 10-11 hours for young children. A study was done with
preadolescent children in Canada showed that shorter sleep patterns were
associated with an increase in odds ratio of being overweight and that just one hour
less of sleep per night at age 10 was associated with an increase in being over
weight or obese by age 13 (Jiaghorgi &Angeling 2012). Most people would not even
think that not getting enough sleep can have an effect on our children weight, and
can cause them to be obese.
By incorporating exercise, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep we
can control some of the obesity in our children. Making sure our children are getting
involved in different sports that they like as well as exercising on a regular can also
aid in the fight against childhood obesity. Also we need to make sure our children
are getting more healthy choices at home and not just eating fast food. We can make
sure they put down the sodas and pick up some water as well. This might not cure
all of childhood obesity in our children but it’s a great start towards ended obesity.
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