Last week the Center for Disease Control released the latest data it’s compiled on obesity among the U.S. population. The trends continue upward for both children and adults, though advocates and the food industry had hoped that a plateau of the childhood rate in recent years would begin to turn into a decline. The rates of childhood obesity have more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the CDC.
Crooked Media published an interesting, related news item last week as well, highlighting a leaked White House detailing its wish list for the upcoming budget:
“The list offers a unique, unvarnished look at the true objectives and fixations of a White House where policy detail is delegated to ideological aides, but where the president’s imprint is nevertheless unmistakable. It disparages “Multilateral stuff” in contrast to “bilateral” programs, mirroring Trump’s professed disdain for global trade agreements and preference for nation-to-nation dealmaking. It describes the Department of Health and Human Services’ interest in reducing childhood obesity—a defining passion of former First Lady Michelle Obama—as ‘inexplicable…not a priority of this administration.'” [Emphasis added]
Once again with the Trump Administration it appears that ‘free-market’ capitalist ideology rules, while science and the public lose.
According to the CDC, “Childhood obesity has immediate and long-term impacts on physical, social, and emotional health.”
Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases that impact physical health, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease.
Children with obesity are bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers, and are more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem.
In the long term, childhood obesity also is associated with having obesity as an adult, which is linked to serious conditions and diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and several types of cancer.