Feeding children on junk foods is a problem that parents need to address if they must contain the increasing rates of childhood obesity across the world. Young children should be feed on balanced diets that include fruits, green leafy vegetables, vitamins, and mineral salts. Feeding children on healthy diets helps to prevent other morbidity by boosting their immune systems. Secondly, the rise of indoor video games has also contributed greatly to the rise of obesity among children.
Today, it is unlikely to find children playing with their peers in the fields; instead, they lock themselves in the rooms and spend most hours of their free time playing video games. For this reason, it is important for parents to encourage their children to play with friends outside. This allows them to engage in fat burning activities such as running and other strenuous activities. This topic is socially important because it affects members of the society.
Obesity increases the rate of heart diseases and other diseases such as diabetes among children. If the problem is not tackled in good time, the world will continue losing the lives that would have brought important changes and solutions to other problems the current generations are undergoing. According to the World Health Organization, thousands of children who die in the world, die from obesity related conditions such as diabetes among other problems Koplan, The organization also warns that countries should make policies based on facts and evidence on the ground.
There is the need to create working policies to curb the rising cases of obesity across the world to deal with the problem before it becomes catastrophic. However, parents, and caregivers should take action and control the foods that children eat. They focus of on healthy eating habits and shun junk foods with no nutrition value. Children should also be encouraged to engage in physical exercises because it helps burn excess fats and calories in the body.
Often, parents should take their children to open field activities such as playing soccer, and participating in other strenuous activities. Children should also be helped to avoid sugary foods because they make the list the causes of obesity in the world. Numerous studies such as by the CDC estimate that one five school children in the U. S are obese amounting to about 15 percent of the population.
Numerous causes have been identified as major contributors to childhood obesity. Consumption of unhealthy foods is the primary reason precipitating obesity in children. Research in the United States documents that most children feed on fast foods, processed junk foods and vending machine snacks, candy, baked wheat products and fruit juices that contain high amounts of sugars and calories with minimal or no nutrients whatsoever that they feed on them in excess.
Thus, their bodies absorb excess calories and fat that are stored resulting in them becoming obese. Lack of regulation in the food industries contributes to childhood obesity. Many manufacturers process their foods stuff, majoring on increasing their sales as opposed to promoting the health of the consumers. Most of them have penetrated the school systems in the U.
Television and advertising companies have been linked to childhood obesity. Advertisers spend on average two billion dollars in the U. S each year marketing foods to children. The majority of the foods advertised are unhealthy foods containing calories, sugar, and sodium that bombard children every time they watch televisions. Consequently, children influence their parents to buy these unhealthy foods thereby increasing the consumption of unhealthy foods.
Lack of physical exercise is another contributor to childhood obesity. However, with the onset of computer games, the internet, chatting, television, and radios, children have adopted sedentary lifestyles where they spend most of their time in front of various electronic devices. Moreover, fewer children walk to school or engaged in sporting activities thereby increasing their chances of obesity.
Despite the above-listed causes, various institutions have brought on opposition. Food and advertising companies making junk and fast foods argue that advertising of foods to children does not lead to childhood obesity. However, fast foods and processed foods, whether taken in moderation or not, contain harmful substances that are unhealthy. Food services executives argue that the government has no right whatsoever to introduce regulations that impact the lives of the people.