Their continued intake can become a source of childhood obesity (Dolinsky, Siega-Riz, Perrin, & Armstrong, 2011). In addition, supplemental foods also play a great role in bringing about childhood obesity. All these factors are caused by changes in lifestyles, a major contributor to the increment in childhood obesity. The effect of childhood obesity is a serious problem that must be catered for. Children suffering from this disorder are at a higher risk of premature death. In a study involving approximately 5000 American children, 166 deaths were recorded. Children with higher BMI were twice as likely to die before reaching the age of 55 (Franks, Hanson, Knowler, Sievers, Bennett, & Looker, 2010). Their deaths were found to be related to the obesity. Another research has shown that children suffering from obesity are more likely to suffer from obesity as adults, which has long been considered a precursor for heart attack. This means that having obesity as a child increases the risk of acquiring other diseases which may be catastrophic (Scherer, 2009). In addition, obese children are at a higher risk of developing hypertension which is mostly associated with diabetes type II. These researches have shown that if left unchecked, the disorder can be dangerous to the health of the victim and to the economic conditions of the country. The economic effects of child obesity are startling. As of 1990, this disorder was estimated to cost the economy $69 billion, a figure that has increased to $139 as of 2003 (Li & Hooker, 2010). These figures illustrate the extent to which the disorder afflicts the country. Most of the costs incurred by the disorder are mostly health...
This essay "Childhood obesity: Future directions and research priorities" the economic effect of the obesity and also its influence on the health and quality of life. As of 1990, this disorder was estimated to cost the economy $69 billion, a figure that has increased to $139 as of 2003 (Li & Hooker, 2010). These figures illustrate the extent to which the disorder afflicts the country. Most of the costs incurred by the disorder are mostly health costs. The disorder may bring about direct and indirect costs to the economy, either through its treatment or the treatment of other diseases that are brought about by the disorder. These costs are, however, only health costs. Obese people have reduced output meaning that they cannot achieve their full potential in terms of work, and thus the country suffers losses in terms of loss of manpower. The exact costs of such losses are hard to quantify given that few people suffer from obesity to the extent of seeking help before the situation gets out of hand.
Childhood obesity can also be acquired through inheritance (Watson, 2008). A person is likely to become obese if their parents were obese. This hereditary trait mixes with other environmental factors, and the result is obesity in children. However, healthy eating, coupled with other measures such as exercising, can reduce the chances of a person being obese. Most traits found in people run in their families. As children, females are more prone to obesity. In addition to this, there is a great disparity in terms of race and people who are obese.