There are many causes of childhood obesity. These include:
- Medical problems such a thyroid gland problem.
- A sedentary life style.
- Lack of exercise.
- Inappropriate diet with high fat content.
Life style and Diet
Medical problems among those with childhood obesity are unusual. Most are due to life style and diet problems.
We are living in a time of technological advancement. We are able to live in relative luxury. Many things can be done with little physical input. Think about the list of equipments and appliances in our home which can be operated by remote control and automatic programming. Whilst these have helped to make our life more comfortable, we have to pay a hefty price of physical inactivity.
The advent of the Information Age has further contributed to the sedentary life style of the young. Recreational activities such as sitting in front of the TV for endless hours or immersing oneself computer games or play stations are fast becoming the norm. Instant messaging technologies such as SMS, ICQ and MSN make it possible for the young to make virtual social contact with each other in the comfort of their homes. Young people these days tend to be less active physically than their parents when they were kids. Many young people just do not have sufficient physical exercise.
Besides, there is an abundance of fast food that is usually high in saturated fat content. Children and adults alike tend to prefer this than the boring but healthier diet. Parents who live a fast pace lifestyle are also more likely to buy take away and fast food for their children.