In the United States today, the percentage of overweight and obese children has been increasing. One of the reasons why is because, in our technologically advanced society, children tend to spend more time in front of the computer, television, and video games than they do engaging in physical activity. Beyond that, the problem is dietary. Families spend more time eating out than they do eating healthy home cooked meals, with the result being that they tend to eat more quantities of food while also eating a lot of unhealthy food containing fat and carbohydrates. Indeed, in the new millennium, fast food and electronics seem to be two defining factors of our day to day lives – and with that comes obesity.
But with obesity also comes a lot of problems. Beyond the unpleasant aesthetic appearance of an obese person, there are also serious health problems that can develop as a result of overweight and obesity. They risk contracting such health problems and diseases as diabetes 2, gout, cancer, gallbladder disease, arthritis, digestion problems, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure, among others.
Children afflicted with chronic obesity oftentimes suffer from depression and related self esteem issues. A recent study has established that children and young adults who struggle with overweight and obesity tend to have a higher rate of depression than non-obese children and young adults. The study focused on about 1,000 children over the course of eight years, with the goal being to decipher the psychological effects of obesity. The study concluded that chronically obese kids are much more likely to have psychiatric problems related to depression and oppositional defiant disorder. While the former occurs more usually in boys, the latter occurs in both sexes. Non obese children are not nearly as at risk for these sorts of psychological problems.