As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat”. Initially, some people would say that there is someone to blame for childhood obesity, the parents. Children are becoming obese because of poor health choices and ineffective parenting. According to David Rogers, public health spokesperson for the Local Government Association, "parents who allow their children to eat too much could be as guilty of neglect as those who did not feed their children at all”. However, others will argue that childhood obesity is caused by genetic and hormonal factors.
Because of these bad choices in food, eating too much and lack of exercise these children will become obese at a young age. They will end up having different types of diseases later on in life. Since what you first learn about making good, bad, right or wrong choices is taught to you by your parents. Tiffany Rush-Wilson says in her article The Crisis of Childhood Obesity that due to this health crisis, we know have a generation of children that are expected to live shorter lives than their parents. Obesity is defined as a condition in which a person’s weight is more than 20% greater than is recommended for his or her height and age.
As a child what would you have picked? Children choose the types of food they need on their own, and without guidance these choices become habits. If parents are obese than there is a high possibility that their child will be as well. Eating healthy foods may cost too much for families which is a problem. With only so much to spend on food families will buy what will fill them up, which often are not the foods that are the healthiest (Watson ... ... middle of paper ... ...Food: Obesity in American Children."
Also, the media has a big impact on how child and teens eat. When children see commercials, they either want their parents to get the advertised product or the teenagers go get it themselves. Many parents believe it is about the exercise that will keep children fit and healthy, but instead it’s mostly about the food the children are eating. Some people are realizing this is a bigger issue and taking action. As defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary, negligence is failure to take the care that a responsible person usually takes.
The percentage of obese children in the United States has risen from 5% in 1980 to almost 20% in 2012. Factors such as food choices and fitness levels are contributing greatly to this problem. Obese children eventually become obese adults and bring along with them many adverse medical conditions. These medical conditions such as diabetes are known to be severe and place a shorter life expectancy on the people it affects. Ultimately, what is at stake here is childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States due to people’s failure to eat the proper foods and as a result of children followin... ... middle of paper ... .... Langwith, Jacqueline.
Food choices are often made based on convenience and price. Instead of choosing a balanced meal, most people choose processed foods that contain no nutrients. These unhealthy habits are being passed down to young children and are shaping the type of lifestyles they lead. The detrimental state of child obesity is becoming more and more common. The epidemic of child obesity has lead to increasing cases of serious diseases in young children that should not be a concern until they are much older.
In many ways, parents can cause the children’s obesity by feeding them unhealthy food and not encouraging enough active play. Plus parents need to regulate the amount of time spent on the computer, the television, or on video games. The generation nowadays find themselves on social media website... ... middle of paper ... ...e/childhood- obesity-task-force-unveils-action-plan-solving-problem-childhood-obesity->. (NIH) "Eat Right.Get Active.Reduce Screen Time." Welcome to We Can!, NHLBI, NIH.
Although many parents admit that their children are obese, others fail to accept that this is an epidemic that should be controlled and given their immediate attention (Green & Reese, 2006). What comes hand-in-hand with obesity is nothing good. Every day, new studies suggest a parental contribution to the growing obesity problem concerning young children. Without intervention, these kids are prone to become obese adults in the future and develop severe health conditions (“Parents Blamed for Childhood Obesity,” 2009). Nevertheless, intervention aimed at preventing childhood obesity should involve parents as important forces to manage their children’s behavior.
Eating practices that children are taught or learn during childhood affects a person later in their life whether they know or not. Multiple studies have confirmed that childhood obesity in the U.S has been on a rise for years. One out of three children in the U.S are obese, most of them face a higher risk of having medical, social and academic problems. Childhood obesity also leads to many health problems among young people. Those problems include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and many more others.
One belief of the cause of childhood obesity is that it is a question of “personal responsibility” or in the case of children, of “parental responsibility.” That is, increasing rates of obesity are due to parents’ failure to limit their children’s access to “junk food” and to tell them to go play outside. An example of this lack of authority of parents’ over their children’s eating habits is a Kayla, a 4-year-old child who weighs 104 pounds. In this situation, her mother has been unable to control the frequency and quantity of her child’s eating habits (ABC News, 2008; Kofman, 2008; Yellin, & Simons, 2007). The following is a brief overview detailing the model that places the blame of childhood obesity on parents’, and a case study describing the condition of Kayla and how it should be dealt with. Cause of Obesity There are many factions who believe that parents are liable for the epidemic of childhood obesity.