Child Obesity has become a chronic problem in our society today - one that has far reaching negative consequences and has acquired epidemic proportions in the 21st century. Following child obesity statistics are quite disturbing which provide the justifications for the amount of research and various measures that are underway to tackle this problem.
Obesity during adolescence has also been found to lead to increase mortality rates during adulthood. The various categories of diseases which obese children are at risk of suffering are endocrine, gastrointestinal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, psychological, dermatological, etc.
Considering the high percentage of obesity occurrence among children and the severe probable consequence, there has been a significant amount of research conducted to find out the possible causes of the obesity in children as well as various measures needed to bring down the proportion of obese and overweight children.
Various researches and surveys (Child Obesity Survey by Kaiser Family Foundation and The Future of Children, Volume 1, 2006) have found the following to be some of the causes of obesity and overweight in children -
2. Sedentary Lifestyle - Physical inactivity of children is one of the serious causes leading to obesity in children. The reasons for physical activities are mainly due to doing stationary activities like playing video games, watching TV, etc.