ENG 122: English Composition II
April 15, 2012
Childhood Obesity: Whose Fault is it?
The Ashford library, ebooks, and newspaper articles are where the sources on childhood obesity came from. When doing research on childhood obesity, nutrition and parenting were some of the main reoccurring topics of childhood obesity. This paper will focus on unhealthy and healthy eating habits of obese children, and the effects of parenting towards childhood obesity as well as ways to overcome childhood obesity.
In the United States there has been a rise in childhood obesity, but whose fault is it? Some parents blame fast food restaurants ...view middle of the document...
Childhood obesity is extremely serious because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol (Black's Medical Dictionary, 2010). In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In 2008, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat. Overweight and obesity are the result of caloric imbalance which is too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed. Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults unless they adopt and maintain healthier patterns of eating and exercise (National Institutes of Health; 2010). Childhood obesity in some cases is hereditary.
Genetics play a role in obesity. Although there are some genetic and hormonal causes of childhood obesity, most of the time it's caused by kids eating too much and exercising too little. It has been proven that children with obese parents are more likely to be obese. Estimates say that heredity contributes between 5 to 25 percent of the risk for obesity (Black’s Medical Dictionary, 2010). However, genes do not always determine whether a child is overweight or obese. Learned eating behaviors from parents are a major contributor to their obese children. A person with a genetic disposition towards obesity, raised in an environment where consumption of high-fat food and little exercise are normal everyday habits, is likely to become obese. Parents, whose children are at risk for obesity at a young age, should promote healthy eating and lifestyle choices early in their development. Parents should get more involved in ensuring a healthy diet,
rich in vegetables, fruits, fibers, calcium and magnesium and help their children grow-up normally.
Childhood Obesity is increasing due to the advancement of technology. Most kids would rather stay inside and watch television and play video games instead of going out to play. Children should not be allowed to watch TV all day and should have an hour of outside play a day if weather permits. Children in today’s society show a decrease in overall physical activity. The growing technology and use of computers, increased time watching television and decreased physical activity at home and in schools, all contribute to children and adolescents living a more secondary lifestyle (WASHINGTON TIMES ,2012). . Physical activity is an important long-term ingredient for children. Increasing physical activity can decrease, or at least slow the increase, in fatty tissues in obese children. The solution to childhood obesity must come from parents and the other adults in children's lives. Schools play a critical role in children by establishing a safe and supportive...