Recent Study – Childhood Obesity Not A Genetic Problem It Is Caused By Bad Habits
While obesity is not officially classified as an eating disorder, it is slated to be included in the classification in the near future. Despite that, it is almost but not quite yet an eating disorder more and more doctors are treating obesity as such.
Bad Eating and Activity Habits
Dr. Kim A. Eagle, a cardiologist and a director of the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center in Ann Arbor, said bad eating and activity habits are the cause of childhood and adolescent obesity not genetics.
In a recent clinical study one thousands six-grade kids from Michigan participated in a program called Project Healthy Schools program (recent enactment of the federal government’s new “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” which is designed to foster healthier school menus for the nation’s 31 million children currently receiving lunch through school-based programs.”)
Clinical Study Results
The study discovered that out of the 1,000 kids 15 percent of them were obese. Almost one-third of the kids said they drank soda on a regular basis and only one third of the kids said they get regular exercise. Among the obese kids, fifty-eight percent of them watched television two or more hours a day.
Obesity is rising rapidly among children of all ages. Obesity creates body image issues and health conditions.