Childhood obesity is becoming a bigger problem every single year. A study from 2017 to 2018 noted that roughly 19.3-percent (around 14.4 million) of American children and adolescents could be considered obese. When focused on Hispanic children, and non-Hispanic Black children, the figures are even bleaker.
The problem is much more significant than simply carrying a few extra pounds. The short and long-term health implications of childhood obesity can range anywhere from depression to high blood pressure and diabetes at a young age.
Today, we’re going to look at what causes childhood obesity, the associated health risks, and share some proven tips on how to treat it long term.
Causes of Childhood Obesity
The primary cause of childhood obesity is behavior and lifestyle issues. Though genetics and hormonal factors can sometimes play a role, we’re going to focus our attention on the role of behavior.
When you take childhood obesity at its most simplistic, you often see that it’s a problem that develops as the result of poor nutrition choices and inactivity. But a deeper look can highlight much more complex root causes.
Psychological factors like stress can lead to childhood obesity. Limited access to nutritious food can too. A child born into a family of overweight people has an increased likelihood of developing childhood obesity as well.