Dr. Michael Omidi discusses an article from US News and World Report.
According to US News and World Report, America is Number 1 for child obesity. Out of the world’s obese population, more than half live in 10 countries. At the top of the list, America followed by China and India.
This information shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. Obesity in America has doubled and even quadrupled in the past few decades. And according to a poll conducted by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, child obesity is at the top of the list of health concerns in children. The hospital tracked a national household survey filled out by children’s parents. Child obesity beat out bullying, which was number 2 on the list.
With the rise of parental concern and clear statistical evidence of our child obesity problem, what can be done? Where are the limitations of targeting child obesity and helping treat it? This answer can be complicated.
It isn’t necessarily a lack of effort. Many policy makers and researchers are trying to learn the causes of child obesity. The University of Southern California (USC) has recently announced the addition of a new research center. The center’s sole purpose will be to find the causes of child obesity in lower income children.
Doctors have even attempted to try early intervention obesity programs. In infants 0 to 24, pediatricians worked to use a control feeding method to lower the incident of obesity in toddlers. They found that education by medical providers, along with follow up monthly phone calls, could help reduce the occurrence of obesity.
With all of this statistical data, one thing that might be affecting parents is the bulk of information constantly being released, along with their skewed perception of their children’s weight. There have been findings that some parents are unaware of their children’s weigh issues because they have a bias.
Whatever the cause for the increase in child obesity in America, it has to stop. Efforts are being made which is reassuring, but until the matter is handled on a larger scale, it still should be a priority. This is one of the larger epidemics impacting children in modern times. The medical community, along with parental involvement, must find a cure to help future generations.
Yours in health,
Michael Omidi is the co-founder of The Children’s Obesity Fund a nonprofit that aims to eliminate child obesity through education about healthy living.