Nowadays, more and more children are becoming obese. Give possible reasons and suggestions.
As some children in poor countries are vastly underweight as a result of poverty, others elsewhere in the world are suffering from another problem-obesity, as a consequence of improved living conditions. A recent study has shown the latter problem is becoming an epidemic, as the number of obese children in the developed world keeps rising alarmingly. I believe there are several factors responsible for this increase.
In some cases, there is a genetic link to obesity. It has been found that the children' s weight is related to that of their parents. A child of obese parents is more likely to become overweight, as he may inherit some of genes that control body weight from his mother or father.
Are genetic reasons the only explanation? Other factors must also be at work and among them is a poor diet. Being afraid that their children may not get enough to eat and even suffer from poor health, some parents are too permissive, allowing them to eat too much, with as many as five or six meals a day. The increasing popularity of fast-food and sweets make matters even worse.
It is not just of a question of what young people eat, but also a matter of lifestyles. TV and the Internet have produced sedentary lifestyle. Children who watch TV passively or who use computers for hours every day simply do not get enough physical exercises. Besides, a growing number of preteenagers have come to rely on public transport or lifts from their parents, rather than walking or using bicycles. Lack of activity gradually contributes to overweight.
Obesity may have knock-on effects, especially in the form of such diseases as diabetes and heart problems in children' s later lives. Solutions to the problem may vary according to root causes. Those whose obesity is generelated should consult doctors. For others, a better lifestyle, more exercise and a proper diet consisting of more vegetables and fruit and fewer fatty foods may assist.
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