Obesity in Children and Technology

The children who arrive at the clinics for obese and morbidly obese children at Federico Gómez already have myriad health issues. Some are immediately visible, like acanthosis nigricans and bowed legs, while others require consultations and tests to confirm, such as diabetes, liver problems, skin lesions, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, depression and suicidal tendencies.

An estimated 1 in 7 children between the ages of 6 to 17 are overweight and/or obese.

Villalpando’s clinic, started in 2003, treats about 80 children, 35 of them morbidly obese, all of them low income. Patients see nutritionists, physical therapists, endocrinologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, surgeons and exercise coaches.


Obesity and television viewing in children and adolescents.

No matter who is at fault, childhood obesity is very real and needs to be addressed.

Children saw substantially more television advertising for unhealthy snack foods in the past five years, according to a new study, Snack FACTS, by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.


Could Technology be to Blame for Child Obesity

Arcan C, Bruening M, Story M. Television (TV) and TV Advertisement Influences on Children’s Eating Behaviour. In: Tremblay RE, Boivin M, Peters RDeV, eds. Faith MS, topic ed. [online]. . Published September 2013. Accessed March 6, 2018.

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Childhood overweight and obesity are public concerns because unhealthy weight is rapidly becoming the most prevalent nutrition problem of K-12 school age group in United States and around the world....

Food Marketing and Childhood Obesity ..

According to American Academy of Pediatrics, children below the age of 2 should not watch TV and anyone older than 2 years should only watch 1 to 2 hours of quality programming per day.42 Health care providers should be abreast of the latest research and policies regarding TV viewing and children’s dietary behaviours and obesity. At well-child visits, health care practitioner should discuss with families their TV habits and inform them about the negative impact of food advertising on children’s dietary behaviours.

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Children and adolescents spend a considerable amount of time watching television. As a result, youth are exposed to a large number of food and beverage advertisements each day. Among ethnic minority groups, this exposure is even higher. Television viewing is associated with unhealthy food consumption among children. There is sufficient evidence that TV advertising influences the food preferences, purchase requests and diets of children under the age of 12 years. Experimental studies supported the causal relationship of food advertising on children’s eating behaviours, demonstrating that immediately following the food commercials young children were more likely to increase their caloric intake and snack foods. Although research is limited in the area of parental communication about food advertising, it has been shown that parental communication about food advertising and setting restrictions on advertising exposure protects against energy-dense food consumption among young children. From findings to date, causal relationship cannot be drawn between TV advertising exposure and obesity, however significant associations have been found between fast food advertising and child body mass index. Limited regulations on marketing to children exist in the U.S. and various European countries have a range of statutory and self-regulatory rules in place.37 While Canada has a well-established system of self regulation, Quebec is the only province prohibiting commercial advertising directed at children under the age of 13.42