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Rodney A. Neal
Dr. Shelley Lawyer
November 17, 2011
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Childhood obesity has increased and been on the rise at a very alarming rate over the years. In today’s stats, nearly one in every five children is fighting the obesity epidemic and they are losing. The children are finding it very hard when there is junk food everywhere they look, being displayed at the grocery store shelves, and lit up by bright light on every corner in a vending machine. Then there are the brutal and never ending fast food restaurant advertisement campaigns on every television channel. But this is only just the beginning of the ...view middle of the document...
You can really never go wrong with breast milk because it is the only source with the richest proteins and substance for your child. But there is a big part of the women in the world that does not want to breastfeed. The mothers are more concerned because they are overweight and think that they will pass it on to their child. But it is just the opposite; breast milk will reduce the chances of the child being obese. However, from the study that was conducted proved the regardless of the mother’s weight and diabetic status, the infant equally benefited from the mother’s breast milk (Mayer-Davis 2006). A big thing that leads to bad eating habits is the fact that mothers have the tendency to feed their kids solid foods before their time. How many times do you go into the local McDonalds, Burger King, or
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Golden Corral and see mothers with their infant to 3 year old child and they are feeding the kid mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese or pre chewed pieces of meat? Things like this is what set the pace for childhood obesity. Some mothers push this and not willing knowing how they are messing up their child’s livelihood. This in turn sets the kid mentally to always want these foods when it is time to eat their meals and it just is neither cute nor acceptable. The child is consuming way too many sugars and starches way too early in life. Their bodies are just not capable of processing them correctly and fast enough. These half processed foods cause a lot of fat production and in turn leads to poor organ functioning that put a strain growing joints. There was a study done by the American Obesity Association (AOA); over 30% of parents were concerned of their children’s weight, yet only 5.6% of those parents chose “being overweight or obese” as their child’s greatest long-term health risk (Childhood Obesity). But to teach and discuss the effects of childhood obesity with the parents and the children is a start to the positive in helping to prevent childhood obesity.
Parents need to help in the process of changing their kids’ lifestyle in the prevention of childhood obesity. Other than
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pushing healthier foods and monitoring their food intake, the parents should push a more physical lifestyle also. If you look back at when you were a child your parents always told you to go outside and play. You grew up with bikes and a big imagination.
You would be outside with your friends and you would ride bikes, roller skates, and just play games that would constantly have you in motion. But those days have been replaced with a large assortment of television shows, gaming systems, and bad parenting. You can see kids now days just sitting on the couch wasting their lives away. A kid can wake up on a Monday morning and plan their entire week around sitting on the couch watching television shows while playing their gaming systems and not to exclude eating snacks and high cholesterol fatty foods. This is...