Not only adults are becoming obese, but children as well....

The main reason for the growing number of obese children is inactivity.

The rising numbers of obese children has reached an alarming rate....

Today Canadians are moving towards a healthier lifestyle by consuming organic foods to such an extent, that the organic industry is now enticing for businesses that wish to profit from a niche market.

Obesity in America affects everyone regardless if they are obese or not.

Childhood obesity continues to increase every year.

In 2004, approximately 6.8 million Canadian adults between the ages of 20 and 64 were overweight, and an additional 4.5 million were obese as recorded by the Canadian Policy Research Networks (Pierre, N., Pollack, N., & Fafard, P.

An estimated 1 in 7 children between the ages of 6 to 17 are overweight and/or obese.

Obesity in America is considered an epidemic. There are many contributing factors to obesity (both childhood and adult), such as biological, environmental, social, or economic factors. Review the information on obesity on pages 383 to 385 in the textbook. You may also use the Internet or Strayer Library to research obesity and its causes.

In recent studies, as obesity rates in the U.S.

Important psychosocial contributors to obesity may include stressors that trigger emotional eating : being bullied , suffering neglect and maltreatment , or a living situation where consistency, limit-setting and supervision are lacking .

Obesity in children is becoming a huge problem in American society.

Between the years and 1980 and 2000, the prevalence of obesity has increased from 6.5% to 19.6% among 6 to 11 year old children and 5.0% to 18.1% among 12 to 19 year old adolescents x(National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2010).

Childhood obesity is becoming a serious national problem.

However, unhealthy family eating habits and a lack of family involvement in physical activity are major reasons for obesity in young children today....

The childhood obesity rate started to increase during the mid- 1970s.

Stressed children are more prone to overeating or “emotional” eating , that is, eating excessively for comfort or to make oneself unattractive. Examples of stressors that commonly lead to overeating are parental separation/divorce , bullying, physical/mental maltreatment or abuse , and living in foster care with frequent placement changes . Such challenges can predispose a child or adolescent to use food as a coping mechanism.

The number of children who are obese is growing at a fast rate.

Chronic stress can also compound poor sleeping habits , fatigue and a reluctance to engage in regular PA at school and at home. Inadequate sleep is a known risk factor for obesity . Stress can negatively impact the immune system, increasing the risk of viral upper respiratory infections , and further impede consistent PA. Stressful living situations, including poverty, or generalized anxiety or depression can stimulate neuroendocrine responses. An activated hypothalamic-pituitary axis and sympathetic nervous system may induce intra-abdominal adiposity, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome through excessive cortisol production .

More and more Americans are becoming obese every single day.

“Weight bias”—defined as the tendency to make unfair judgments based on a person’s weight—is a significant social problem . Overweight individuals are often teased and have difficulty making friends. Overweight/obese children are more prone to being bullied, humiliated or ostracized, and they are also more likely to engage in bullying behavior . It is difficult to facilitate weight loss through lifestyle changes alone if a bullied child is not identified and supported in these other respects as well . Some bullied children are unable to follow healthy nutritional plans because of their emotional eating behaviours . A fear of bullying may lead them to exercise less and stay indoors . Discrimination against obese individuals is a harmful, pervasive and significant social problem that needs to be addressed early, concretely, and as part of a child’s or teen’s treatment regiment .