5 Reasons Why Children Become Obese

31 October 2010, 02:00 | Posted under by Tatiana

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Childhood obesity is a growing problem, and obese children are more likely to have social problems as well as multiple health problems later on in their life. To prevent this, it’s important to know why children become overweight. There are 5 very important reasons for this, and in this article, I’ll explain these childhood obesity causes.
Here are the 5 most common causes for childhood obesity:
1. Unhealthy eating habits. To much candy, soda, fast food or otherwise high-calorie food is one of the main reasons for why children become overweight.
2. Not enough exercise. For many children, it’s much more interesting to play video games or watch television than playing outside. This results in less exercise which is one of the reasons why more and more children become obese.
3. Unhealthy family lifestyle. Overweight children often have overweight parents, or a family who has a lifestyle that doesn’t encourage an active life. It’s shown that children with healthy parents have a less chance of becoming obese.
4. Genetics. This is also a factor for why children become obese. However, this doesn’t mean it can’t be prevented or treated. The main childhood obesity causes are too much calories and to little exercise.
5.Medical illness. There are some medical conditions that can increase the chance of obesity. The most known of these are Cunshing’s syndrome and Hypothyroidism.
Childhood obesity is very dangerous, and if you know someone you would like to help, but don’t take action, then there’s a very good chance that person will get serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, liver disease or depression.
Source: http://www.amazines.com/Health/article_detail.cfm/1313430?articleid=1313430