Technology attributes to obesity in American children and teens, by advertising quick, easy diet choices for them to choose and consume.
Technology is the leading cause of obesity in American teens and children of the 22st century. Obesity is the leading cause of health related problems in children and teens in American culture. Technology attributes to obesity by providing alternative activities for children that keep them indoors, and by advertising quick and easy diet choices.
Obesity is defined by an excessive amount of body fat in the body as a whole. This is commonly defined by using the Body Mass Index (BMI). The BMI measures the ratio between the height and weight to determine the amount of body fat of an individual. A BMI of 25 or better constitutes an overweight individual; obesity is reached with a BMI of 29.9 or greater (CDC 2010).
Obesity in children has increased by thirty percent in the past 30 years in America according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 2010). Obesity in children leads to a slew of health problems to include, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, respiratory problems and cardio-vascular disease. Fifteen percent of youngsters ages 6-19 and ten percent of children 2 through 5 are considered seriously overweight. Stories of obesity in teens and children are becoming more and more prevalent in the American society (CDC 2010).
The industrial age is noticeably the start of obesity in America. For centuries prior to the industrial age, most people relied on their physical prowess on a daily basis as a means to provide their basic needs, after all the human body is designed for running, jumping, walking, climbing, swimming and more. The industrial age changed all that! Now people could stay at home, open prepackaged food, and sit by the fire. Jobs that required very little, or no physical demands and paid more, where on the rise. Food that normally was only available in certain locations at certain times was...