All around the world, childhood obesity is rising at an alarming rate. Of course, the United States is no exception. It’s not only obesity, though, that is the problem, but there is an alarming rate of children that are overweight also. In children grow at different rates, it can sometimes be hard to determine whether a child is overweight or obese. That is why measurements are done based on the height of a child and their ideal weight.
In the history of the world, obesity is a rather new problem. Up until the 20th century, obesity was rarely seen. At that point, though, it was classified as a global epidemic by the World Health Organization because of how common it became. The biggest issue is that we sit around a lot more than we should.
Technology has been a huge issue when it comes to the quality of our lives. Our day-to-day living tasks have become much easier and, in a lot of ways, more enjoyable. Technology provides us with many forms of communication and entertainment as well. Unfortunately, it is also played a huge role in our physical health. Countries around the world are becoming more sedentary as they move less, thanks to technology. And, of course, as we become more inactive, our bodies become more fat. Our technological lifestyle is contributing greatly to the obesity epidemic in adults and children alike, especially in countries that are developed.
In the United States, childhood obesity rates have been around the same since 2007. Since 1980, though, the US obesity rate of children between the ages of two and 19 has tripled. That rate is currently 17.5%. Of these numbers, 17% are children between the ages of six and 11 years old. A little over 20% of children between the ages of 12 and 19 are obese.
Research has shown time and time again that children who are overweight become adults who are overweight. This is very concerning as the population ages, creating significant health concerns around the world.
To help fight against this epidemic, we need to get our kids moving. Find what your children enjoy when it comes to physical activities and encourage them to keep moving.