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About one in every three kids and teens are obese or overweightHeartorg 2013 Over the past three years childhood obesity has tripled Kristen Gillibrand 2011 Obesity is a serious problem and can cause children to have multiple medical issues such as high blood high pressure type 2 diabetes or elevated blood cholesterol Obesity is defined to be an excessively high amount of body fat The excess weight in obese children has linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood There are many contributing factures to childhood obesity but parents are largely to blameWhat is the cause of childhood obesity Childhood obesity can be cause by many things but parents are also to blame If one parent is obese there is a 50 percent chance of the child being obese and if both parents are obese there is an 80 percent chance of the child being obese Amanda Baron MSW and Lauren Marcus PHD 2013 Due to obese parents unhealthy habits eating and physically kids are more likely to become overweight as well because their parents are less likely to care about their children eating and how much physically activities they are involved in compared to parents who live a healthier lifestyle wwwbetterhealthvicgov 2013 Unhealthy food choices play a big part in childhood because parents give children the choice of food they want to eat children are most likely to choose the unhealthy fatty and sugary foods over the healthier foods Lack of physical activities also is a major cause in children obesity due to all of the electronics devices there are today such as televisions computers and video games children are more likely to sit around the house then being physically activeWhat effects does obesity have on children The first problems to occur in childhood obesity are usually emotional and psychological However childhood obesity can lead to more life threatening conditions including high blood pressure type 2 diabetes heart diseases and certain cancers Some
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