Incidence of Child Obesity: Going, Going, Up

The incidence of child obesity is rising fiercely. There are approximately 30.3% of American children ages 6 to 11 years is overweight. While 15.3 % are already obese. It is also apparent that a child with at least one overweight or obese parent is likely to become the same.

Should you map the source of child obesity, it would apparently originate from home and the immediate environment. Children pick up habits and inherit traits from those around them. Some kids grow obese due to a genetic predisposition inherited from one or both parents. Some grow obese due to an entirely different cause: the couch potato lifestyle.

The other thing that is quickly so obvious is that it is rarely a person’s fault that they are overweight.  But it is so easy to blame the victim. We live in an information age of abundance and the constant cultural push to consume more and more is ever-present.

This couch-potato lifestyle that is heavily marketed via corporations that demand our consumption. There is big money to be made in selling people computer games, big portions, instant ‘food’, televisions sets, online entertainment and video streaming.

There’s no money to be made from children playing outside and climbing trees and the marketing efforts to destroy this are phenomenal.

“Love the skin you are in”, “fat acceptance”, “body positive”, “health at any size” and other slogans are all designed to encourage you to eat more and more and more without social consequence. It’s a lie.

According to Huffington Post: “[In the USA] food companies spent $11 billion on television ads in 2017, and 80 percent of that, about $8.8 billion, was spent on their unhealthiest offerings ― sugary soda, fast food, candy and unhealthy snacks.” 15 Jan 2019.

Why do they spend so much?  Simply because advertising works.

Some individuals are far more susceptible to this information push than others. This is the main message of the material in this unique program. I aim to help fight back against this terminal onslaught of consumption culture. As any decent hypnotist will be able to tell you, obese clients make the very best hypnotic subjects. All advertising is hypnosis.

Children today are entertained by destroying armies of zombies or accomplishing missions, live streaming and Snapchat. Although parents do not intend for their kids to sit all day watching the television or playing a computer game until their eyes disintegrate, parents sometimes have little control or infl;uence over their childs digital behaviour. The prevalence of this lifestyle has a generation factor wherein kids grow addicted to such brilliantly designed hobbies while trying to keep up with their peers.

The incidence of child obesity is also brought by the most obvious causes: the fast-food, high-calorie and high-fat diet that we in the West are so fond of.

Perhaps if kids were born into a fad for vegetables and fruits, obesity would not have been a growing health threat to the developed world. At this point, the incidence of child obesity has raised so due to the change in lifestyle brought about by technology and food sources. Notice that the incidence of child obesity is worse in developed countries where food is abundant and technology is within a childís grasp. However, the incidence of child obesity among developing countries is likely to follow suit if prevention of the same events is not undertaken.

Among the causes of obesity, there are the unfortunate underlying factors contributed by genetic disorders, illnesses, medications, specific diets due to certain illnesses. These cases vary among subjects whose obesity condition may or may not depend on the immediate environment but solely according to an existing medical condition.

Kids are also subject to unhealthy mental conditions and eating disorders. The two are packaged together that there is no definitive answer as to whether which caused the other.