Running head: CHILDHOOD OBESITY
Childhood Obesity Diane Troche English 122 Prof. Yanessa Page September 11, 2012
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Running head: CHILDHOOD OBESITY While we were growing up our parents and grandparents had time to cook us healthy and wholesome meals, but due to the changes in the times that is not the case anymore and the percentage of children with childhood obesity has increased dramatically. Childhood obesity is it genetic or is it a sign of the times that as parents are we too consumed or ...view middle of the document...
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According to the American Obesity Association, 15 percent of adolescents from the age of 12 to 19 and children age 6 to 11 are obese in the United States. Children who are obese are more likely to be obese as adults. Research has shown that adults who are obese are more likely to have children follow in their footsteps. Genetics does have something to do with the rise of childhood obesity but it is not the only contributor. There are other matters to take into account for the drastic increase that has taken this countries children by storm is the environment, socioeconomic status, and most importantly parental influence and family structure. The socioeconomic status of families plays a role in the rise of childhood obesity by the way families are living today. Many families are dipping into a lower socioeconomic status do to a number of factors; one of the factors causing this trend is the job market. Many families have either had to take pay cuts in order to keep their jobs or have been laid off from their jobs due to drastic cut backs. When the family finances take a hit they need to make cut backs of their own and more than commonly the first expense that is cut into is the grocery bill. Parents often opt for cheaper meals to save money and in turn the meals begin to be not as healthy and as nutritious as previous meals prepared when there was more money for groceries like fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. When the socioeconomic status suffers, it impacts other outlets as well. One of those outlets that can be impacted by a socioeconomic downturn is the environment. Environmental aspects of
Running head: CHILDHOOD OBESITY childhood obesity of childhood obesity can range from the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to the quality of their water. The way the environment and socioeconomic status go hand in hand is mainly due to the availability of fresh produce. When the economy is taking a hit the farmers take the hit as well. In many cases they need to raise their prices to make ends meet for them which in turn makes buying fresh produce a bit harder to do. Many people opt to save money the cheaper option they are buying can products that are high in sugar and other preservatives which is also a contributor to the rise in childhood obesity. Although they think they are eating healthier they actually are not. I believe that the biggest contributor to the rise in childhood obesity is parental influence and family structure. With the way the economy is many parents are struggling to make ends meet. In order to fulfill the family’s needs the parents are working more and not home as often or at a normal dinner hour. Due to the flux of parents having to work longer days the...