Chronic inactivity leads to unused energy being stored as fat. It is amazing and awesome that we are now in a technologically driven world; it makes life so much easier. Unfortunately, some technological advances have contributed to child obesity. Children spend too much time in front of the computer, TV and playing video games instead of getting out into the fresh air and playing ball, swimming or biking.Leisure time that was once spent outdoors playing today is replaced with video games, DVDs, and over 100 channels on the television. With a culture that embraces Hannah Montana, and Sesame Street our children are encouraged to watch their favorite television show instead of meeting friends at a local park for a ball game after school.
Lack of regular exercise is a factor that has contributed to this being one of the causes of childhood obesity. Children who spend a lot of time watching TV programs will have a greater risk of child obesity than those who go outside playing or sporting. This is typically true when the children are eating fast food while watching television or playing video games.The reason is because of a couple of hormones: ghrelin and leptin. The lack of sleep causes an increase in ghrelin which triggers the hunger mechanism. Sleep deprivation also reduces the leptin in our bodies that tells us when we are no longer in need of food (energy). The effects of these two hormones working together is what helps keep us away from the pantry. When they are off balance, people have almost no way to ward off the hunger, which of course leads to overeating and thus weight gain.