Childhood Obesity


Developed Countries
  • rapid increase in obesity
  • 25% of population is obese or overweight

  • Obese children are at risk of being obese in adulthood: 2-6.5 times higher than a normal-weight child



  • questionnaire about eating habits and physical activity


  • 24 obese children: ages 9-16


  • only 1/3 of children eat fruits and vegetables
  • 21% snack after eating dinner and before going to sleep
  • 88% do not perform in physical activity in leisure time

Causes of Obesity

  • Lifestyle
  • Nutritional patterns- snacking, unhealthy food choices/options
  • Watching TV > 2 hours a day promotes obesity along with decreased school performance, and sleep duration/quality
  • Lack of sleep

Preventing Obesity

  • Being active
  • Eating healthy choices- fruits, vegetables, healthy snacks/meals
  • Controlling lifestyle behaviors of children- providing nutritional meals, making time for exercise each day
  • Cooking meals at home instead of eating fast food/unhealthy restaurants
  • Educate children and parents on ways to not become obese or overweight
  • Encouragement to be active instead of watching TV

Effects of Obesity

  • Becoming an obese or overweight adult
  • Diabetes- Type 2 Diabetes- caused by lifestyle and bad habits
  • Heart problems- short and long term
  • Pulmonary functioning- asthma, pulmonary disease
  • Respiratory functioning
  • Reduced quality of life
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Berk, L. E. (2014). Development through the lifespan. Boston: Pearson.

KSPS Public TV. (2013, October 14). Our supersized kids. [Video file]. Retrieved from