Children and Obesity
ECE 214: Week 2 Assignment
Obesity in today’s world seems to only be getting worse. It seems like more mothers are going back to work and are never home to cook homemade meals. It used to be that the father’s worked and mother’s stayed home to keep up with house, the children, and make sure that everyone always had a decent and healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Oh but how that has changed in today’s time. More than 17% of our children are now obese and the numbers seem to still be growing.
The short term impact of child obesity is not being focused in school, not sleeping well, not having healthy eating habits. Although I believe this can all be changed if the child was taught how to change the way they eat. Other short term impacts can consist of poor self-image, poor exercise habits, low self-esteem, lack of energy, and non-proper breathing. These can affect the child growth and development to where they are doing nothing but gaining weight and not building their brain. Poor blood circulation can affect the brain to where children do not retain vital information. All of these short term impacts of course can turn into serious long term effects.
The long term effects of child obesity can be almost anything health risk related in today’s society. Not eating healthy or properly can cause diabetes, high cholesterol, heart problems, asthma, high blood pressure, and a slew of other things. All of these can stunt a child’s growth to where they are not learning properly in school because they might have a “sugar high” and then crash half way throughout a school day. Constantly being tired and having headaches is another way of blocking the child’s learning. Just like with short term affects, poor blood circulation can block a child’s way of learning properly. Early puberty can also happen with children who are obese, which can make a child have a bad self-image. This can affect any child’s development not only...