Childhood obesity is one of the main public health challenges inAmerica. Numerous child health policies have focused on addressingthe issue, yet the number of children with obesity continues to behigh. Florida is one of the states with alarming childhood obesityrates. In order to address the health problem, it is important tofirst explore the foods, which are bad for children.
Obesity in children derives from the fact that parents fail to makehealthy food choices for their children. Research indicates thatfrequent consumption of foods that are rich in calories, such as fastfoods, fries, sweets, cookies and sugary snacks result in weightgain.1A poor diet, which comprises of more sugar or fat levels and lessnutrients, enhances the likelihood of children gaining excess weight.In addition, convenience foods like snacks that are salty, frozendinners, pastas stored in cans, are bad for children.
Regular consumption of food from fast food joints has become a commontrend by many American families. This is because the food is notexpensive and is convenient, especially in households where bothparents are working. But parents need to realize that such foods havehigh calorie levels and less nutritional value for their children.2The foods are mainly consumed together with sugary beverages.
Consuming sugary food enhanced the BMI of children. Since sugarydrinks do not cause children to feel full fast, they encourage ahigher intake, which resonates to more calories in the body. Snackfoods have also been proven to result in obesity. Many parents arewilling to buy, candy, cakes, cookies and chocolate for theirchildren without considering the health consequence. Many studiesindicate that snacking enhances caloric intake, and thus bad forchildren.3
Roth, Erica. ‘Childhood obesity’, Healthline, <http://www.healthline.com/health/weight-loss/weight-problems-in-children>,2016 (accessed 14 September 2016).
Sahoo, Krushnapriya., Sahoo, Bishnupriya., Choudhury, Ashok. K.,Sofi, Nighat. Y., Kumar, Raman. & Bhadoria, Ajeet. S. ‘Childhoodobesity: causes and consequences’, Journal of Family Medicineand Primary Care, Vol. 4, no. 2, 2015, pp. 187-192.
1 Erica Roth. ‘Childhood obesity’, Healthline, < http://www.healthline.com/health/weight-loss/weight-problems-in-children>, 2016 (accessed 14 September 2016).
2 Krushnapriya Sahoo et al. ‘Childhood obesity: causes and consequences’, Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Vol. 4, no. 2, 2015, p. 189.
3 Krushnapriya Sahoo et al. p. 189