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Uploaded by naz12345 on Apr 26, 2006

From the time a child is old enough to eat solid food through adolescence, he is taught to finish what has been put on his plate. It is

something that is that is built into our culture, it is the norm to always finish what you start, even food. A child always hears from his parents "no

dessert until you finish your food". Once he is old enough to understand, he is told about all of the starving children in somalia who never have

enough to eat. He is toldto be grateful for what he has and that it is a very bad thing to waste food. So, instead of listening to his body telling

him when to stop eating, he bypasses the instructions that his body is giving him,and he keeps on eating. Basically,he is made to feel like a bad,

ungrateful person if he doesn't eat, no matter how full he is. This affects the child throughout his whole life, because he think he should stop eating

only whne he has cleaned his plate. This leads to obesity.

Obesity in children is a serious issue with many health and social consequences that often continue into adulthood. Providing prevention

programs and getting a better understanding of treatment for youngsters is important to controlling the obesity . Many parents are rightly

concerned about their child's weight and how it affects them. They look for specific answers for prevention and treatment options. Unfortunately,

the state of the science is a lot less precise than we would like. Are kids too concerned about their weight? What are the best strategies for

prevention? What treatments work over a long time? Researchers are trying to answer those and many other questions. In many cases, common

sense works well. In situations where there are serious health concerns, psychological or social problems, parents should seek out the best

possible advice.


Overweight and obesity result from an imbalance involving excessive calorie consumption and/or inadequate physical activity.

For each individual, body weight is the result of a combination of genetic, metabolic, behavioral, environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic


Behavioral and environmental factors are large contributors to overweight and obesity and provide the greatest opportunity for actions and

interventions designed for prevention and treatment.


It is recommended that Americans accumulate at least 30 minutes (adults) or 60 minutes (children) of moderate physical activity most...

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Date:   04/26/2006

Category:   Social Issues

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