By Trevor Gienau
What Is Obesity?
A few extra pounds does not suggest obesity. A child it not considered obese until the weight is at least 10 percent higher than what is recommended for their height and body type. Obesity begins at ages 5 and 6. Most of the time, if you are obese at the ages 10 and 13, you have an 80% chance of being an over weight adult.
Why Are So Many Teens Obese?
Obesity can be passed down from parents. If 1 of your parents is obese, you have a 50% chance of also being obese. Also if your eat to many unhealthy food. For example, getting fast food to many times without burning it off. Most people eat a lot of food when they are stressed or depressed.
What Are The Risks Of Obesity?
- Increase in heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Breathing Problems
- Trouble Sleeping
How Can Obesity Be Prevented?
- Follow a healthy eating plan. Make healthy food choices and focus on the balance of energy IN and energy OUT.
- Focus on portion size. Especially in fast food and other restaurants. Cutting back on portion size will help balance energy IN and energy OUT.
- Be active. For example, go on a short walk, bike ride, etc.
- Reduce screen time. Limit the time on TV's, computers, and video games because they limit time for physical activities.
Over the last couple years, more people in America are obese.
Many kids and teens would choose and peice of cake over a fruit.
Too much fast food is a big cause of obese for teens.
Documentary on Teen and Child Obesity.wmv