Childhood obesity is becoming a serious public health challenge in many nations. This essay will discuss some possible reasons for this phenomenon and propose some practical measures to mitigate it.
There are several reasons for obesity of the children related to overeating unhealthy food and moving too little. The first reason is children nowadays are consuming a host of fast food and processed food which contain too many calories, sugar, and fat. This is because there could be unlimited high-calorie food options in their neighborhood, convenient for busy parents who could not cook healthy meals for their kids regularly. Another reason can be leading a sedentary lifestyle. Children could not often take exercise or active sports because they are too busy studying or their residence do not equip enough facilities for them to play and do sports. Consequently, children would burn fewer calories as energy compared to the amount they load, and their body will store extra calories as fat, leading to obesity.
There are several actions that could be taken to mitigate the problem mentioned above. Firstly, it is important for parents to control what their children eat to ensure they have a healthy diet. Parents could also educate their kids about the detrimental effects of an imbalanced diet to make healthier food choices. Another possible way to overcome this problem would be banning junk food from the school menus and restrict fast-food advertising on many means of media such as television or social media. Lastly, parents should limit the time of doing sedentary activities and encourage children to do regular exercise to burn calories and control their weight.
In conclusion, there are various factors leading to an increase in the number of obese children these days, and many solutions can be implemented to tackle this issue.