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Childhood Obesity in the United States Literature Review

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Obesity can be a one time event in a family but it has a tendency to run in families. There is approximately 75% chance a person will be overweight if their biological mother was overweight as a child (WebMD, 2009). How active a person is and how much they eat is also a factor of becoming obese. Some people eat in response to negative feelings such as depression, stress and sadness. There are also some illnesses that can cause obesity such as hormone problems. The overweight child may have a variety of physical problems. The first and most life changing is the onset of diabetes. Children are now diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes which in years past was only seen in older adults. This is a startling change from the past. Another finding in children is fatty liver disease. This is usually found in adults with severe liver problems but now becoming more prevalent in children with obesity and also insulin resistant diabetes (Volovelsky, 2011). Many medical centers are holding classes now just for the pediatric diabetes patient. Girls outweigh boys at a rate of 5.6% more than boys. This is when they enter preschool which gives them an obvious disadvantage when facing the real world, some for the first time (Ilic, Zoran, Mile, Hristos & Markovic, 2012).

It is a given fact that obesity will shorten a person's life unless they do something about the situation. When the diagnosis of diabetes is given, there are so many things to be considered. Eye sight, foot care, sugar levels and wondering if the diabetes will cause those to become comatose in a place away from home are a constant worry. Can a teenager in their car with other friends drive and feel safe? All these things go through a newly diagnosed diabetic.

A significant effect on the human body is the emotional toll. Most obese people do not want to be in this condition. It is very humiliating to be singled out because they cannot sit in a chair with arms. They may be turned away from taking an air flight because of the inability to fit in a seat. There is a constant fear of moving in a world of smaller people and getting embarrassing stares from other ...

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The expert provides a literature review for childhood obesity in the United States.