The emotional effects of obese African American children
Childhood obesity is when the body mass index (BMI) is at or beyond 95% in children of the same age and gender. Obesity in United States has extended to epidemic magnitudes, where it is estimated that one among three children is heavy or obese. Obesity rate in African American and Hispanic children is at an all-time high, with nearly 40% of them being obese or overweight. Several factors have been identified as leading to obesity: poor diet and eating habits, physical inactivity, effects of food high in fat and sugary as well drinks.
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Conclusively, obesity rates in African American children are an all-time high. It predisposes the children to emotional problems that not only affect their lives, but also makes them antisocial, sad and lonely situations that lead directly to eating more to feel better. Emotional problems are serious issues to obese children and need to be addressed to avoid catastrophes.
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