Childhood Obesity is a Chosen Lifestyle
Regardless of parents trying their best, if it weren’t for children choosing heavy desires for the most stimulating things like video games, tv, Avoiding situation that could cause insults, and fast food over listening to their parents and playing outside they wouldn’t be obese. A child makes these choices that are common sense, pleasure above all else and that lifestyle has consequences. The reason children are obese is because they want fast food more than other alternatives. A child only wants the sugary, salty, greasy food because it’s appealing to what they love and crave. If the children didn’t cry over the food then most parents wouldn’t get it for them because they know what issues come with it. A parent can’t be held responsible for the desires of their child or how their mind works, so obesity cannot be directly controlled by the parents, but rather, by the child.
The responsibility of a child wanting to watch YouTube over playing outside falls on the child, not the parent. A child may avoid going outside to watch the newest video of something that peaks their interests like any adult would consider doing, but when that becomes a normality then the child’s health is put at risk. YouTube,
though entertaining and markets themselves to be appealing to everyone and especially kids in modern day, isn’t to blame , at least not entirely, because There are so many programs and activities for kids that they shouldn’t need Youtube to entertain them and in areas that don’t have funding, there are always some required after school activities that the school must have for them to do. To get a child a hobby at a young age is beneficial in so many more ways than just keeping them active but it’s definitely a great way to stay active and avoid sitting still for so long. The health of a child is important because they don’t know what’s best for them but you still want them to be happy and dealing with obesity due to a lack of exercise is something that if they could grasp, they would thank you for. YouTube attracts the child’s interests but so can playing a game of tag outside, as long as the child has played a game of tag then they will understand that both YouTube and tag are fun things to do and they make the choice of one over the other.
We hear more and more about how funding is needed to put forth educational and physical programs outside and inside schools to try to prevent, alleviate, and solve the obesity issues in our youth, yet the only thing that is focused on is the need for more funding and the correct targeted audience. Most programs warn you about the health issues of being obese and the statistics that show high mortality rates and the lack of energy, which are true, but the issue doesn’t just lie with the obese children, but with everyone. If a community is established so everyone wants to eat healthy and exercise then the whole will benefit rather than singling out overweight kids and telling them they might die if they keep eating like they do, because then the kids aren’t going to care because everyday they wake up and feel fine as the issues become apparent into early adulthood when it’s the most difficult time for them to lose that weight. If you send in a representative of a program to talk to kids in a classroom about the issues of obesity and how to fix it most kids are going to ignore it because most aren’t obese, statistically only about 1-4 are in a class around 20 students large. The targeted audience is ignored because the leaders can’t claim a kid is overweight and group him with a bunch of overweight and obese children to talk to them, because other students will make fun of them and parents would be angry that a random person acclaimed their kid is overweight. But these programs are relatively good for the child and should at least be explored, however, the child doesn’t want people to make fun of them so they lose out on their opportunity. (other children may be to blame but it’s still the child’s choice to not exercise or stop eating junk food). If you educate the kids the right way then more results will follow.
For better or for worse, parents can’t force their kids to do too much and children find it more and more acceptable to disobey their parents and go against their wishes as time goes on. These parents don’t have the ability/time to work on a child’s small issues with the complicated world around their children. As a result of this inability and lack of time we find the parents forcing the schools to educate their children on things they might not fully understand. When a child can’t understand the issue or are too afraid of what others think they start to get worried, for example a child who thinks they’re overweight when they aren’t, might start eating less, which to some, would be a good thing as it seems like eating a little is a good diet but a kid shouldn’t have social standards forced on them for no good reason. Weight can be controlled and good eating and exercise can be established early, but that falls to the time that the parents have to encourage their child to do hold to those habits.
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