Almost all the nations are worried about the sudden rise in the obesity rates among the children. A recent survey conducted by Centers for disease control and prevention(CDC) has shown that the number of obese children has doubled since 1980. In case of the adults the number has almost tripled. It has also concluded that 1 out 10 children among the age group of 2 to 5 years are found to be obese. And in case of children between 6 to 19 years 2 out of 1 were obese. And also 20 to 30% of the children were in the risk of becoming obese. Most of the health officials suggest that childhood obesity is not good for the children in terms of their health. Children who are overweight are vulnerable to diseases like hypertension, type 2 diabetes, respiratory problems, orthopedic problems, sleep apnea, depression, deposition of fat in the arteries, bulimia, liver problems, blockage leading to respiratory problems, cardiomyopathy, Pickwickian syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Gout and gouty arthritis, Gallstones, Cancer, Congestive heart failure, Stroke (cerebrovascular accident or CVA), High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) and many others.
What are the main causes for child obesity?
Child obesity is increasing because of the unhealthy food habits and less physical activities among the children. These children are habituated to consume lots of snacks, fast foods, aerated drinks like cola, etc. Even school canteens are providing this stuff hence luring the kids to binge on them even during the school hours. As a matter of fact no time regime is followed by these kids in terms of food. And the increase in the fast food centers in the urbanized areas has increased the rate of consumption of fast foods among the urban people. Apart from all this, these people rely on the packaged foods instead of home cooked foods. All these foods are rich in calories and have no nutritious value. These foods only add up to the weight of the kid. The physical activity among these kids is also found to be very less. All these factors are responsible for the sudden increase in the obesity rate among the children.
What role do media play in increasing the risks of child obesity?
Media is also considered as one among the several factors that are responsible for the increase in the child obesity. Most of the health officials say that media is responsible for this child obesity in more than one way. Different ways by which media is effecting children are mentioned below.
Most of the children spend their time watching TV instead of participating in any type of sports. Even parents are not objecting this. As a result the calories consumed are not burnt and are added up to the weight of the body. This is making the children put on weight.
Other big culprits for child obesity are the advertisements that are promoted by the food companies that lure kids to but junk food. To increase the sales these companies mainly target children as they easily get attracted and compel their parents to buy the stuff.
These ad promoters are also making the famous TV stars and movie stars to endorse their products. This is even more attracting the kids. Kids are insisting to but the products endorsed by their famous stars irrespective of their cost. These stars are guiding the kids in the wrong way by encouraging them to binge on high calorie foods.
Kids get so much engrossed in the TV that they eat their meals and snacks also in front of the TV. This way they lose the track of how much they are eating. They generally end up eating more than the adequate quantities.
Watching TV also makes the kids to binge on more snacks. Unhealthy foods like chips, French fries, burgers, etc are all consumed while watching TV. All these foods which are rich in calorific value end up adding weight to the kid.
Metabolic rates of the kids fall while watching TV. As a result no energy is spent during this activity. This is also one of the reasons for putting on weight.
Few programs guide the kids in a wrong way by encouraging them to become lean. Even the diet programs for losing weight have a great effect on the kids.