Research on Childhood Obesity
Obesity has been graded as chronic of critical significance and has been described as one of things that need to be resolved National Roadmap for Health People 2020. Under the theme ‘Nutrition and Weight Status,’ the purpose was to ‘promote wellbeing and minimise the risk of chronic disease by the intake of nutritious diets and the achievement and maintenance of healthy body weights’ (Healthy People 2020, n.d., par. 1). Its importance and priority for the country to track this persistent condition and to explore ways to solve it is expressed in the following objectives: 19-3c. Reduce the proportion of overweight or obese children and teens and 19-2. Reduce the number of individuals who are obese (Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), n.e.s). Current study must first define the scale and nature of the problem, the basic case and the reasoning for the assertion, prior to the review of the data collection method and the presentation of the findings of the research. In this regard, the purpose of the paper is to discuss key issues related to lifestyle changes linked to technological advances and how they have contributed to the spread of child obesity.
Scope and Nature of the Problem
Obesity in childhood, youth and adults is regarded a concern in the United States. Advances in technology have led to drastic changes in human dietary habits around the globe. However, as countries become more developed in terms of economic status, the greater the availability and affordability of endless food choices that individuals, especially children, can create. Almost one in three children in America suffering from obesity alone (American Heart Association, 2011, par. 1). Lifestyle changes may be related to child obesity as a major cause.
Among the multiple factors of child obesity, the change in lifestyle due to technological advancements is thought to be one of the most important. Parents are often criticised for not giving special attention to their offspring and typically ignore their child’s eating patterns. Although this definitely has certain harmful consequences on youth, it is certainly not the most significant factor of the rise in infant obesity. The key suspect is the technical transition that has affected all aspects of global life. From the invention of tablets to third-generation video games, both of these developments have contributed to the focus of children in front of their personal devices and have driven them away from physical fitness and regular outdoor exercises.
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