It is not about dieting; it is a lifestyle change that should be adopted and practiced by the whole family. Being obese increases a child's risk of being an obese adult. I will argue that parent education regarding the physical and emotional effects of childhood obesity can protect the lives of children. In order to understand obesity, it is important to figure out if your child is actually obese or just a little overweight. Only a professional doctor or pediatrician should be the one to determine if your child should be considered obese.
Overweight and Obesity: Basics about Childhood Obesity. April 26,2011 http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/basics.html United States. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Overweight and Obesity: A Growing problem. November 28, 2011http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/problem.html Anderson, Susan.
There have been studies performed to research the effects of obesity on children and adolescents, which I am going to review. First, let me discuss some statistics that have been measured by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Within the past 30 years, the incidence of obesity among children has doubled and the incidence among adolescents has quadrupled ( Childhood Obesity Facts, 2014). Childhood Obesity Facts (2014) reported that in 2012, more than 1/3 of our youth suffered from being obese or overweight . An imbalance in caloric metabolism is to blame for obesity; however, this imbalance can be due to an assortment of factors (Childhood Obesity Facts, 2014), not just overeating and a lack of exercise.
Over the past years, childhood obesity has been increasing at an alarming rate because of improved technology, poor eating habits and lack of exercise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled over the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6-11 years who were obese in 1980 was 7% and by 2012 it had grown to 18%. More than one third of children and teens were overweight or obese in 2012 (“Childhood Obesity”). These are alarming statistics and everything possible should be done to get this problem under control before it gets any worse.
When speaking of her 8-year old daughter's obesity, a prideful mother replies "Oh it's no big deal, she just still has her baby fat." Unfortunately, chances are that the daughter's obesity is not caused by her baby fat, but can be contributed to a combination of diet, genetics, and a sedentary lifestyle. Studies show that obesity among children 6-17 years of age, has increased by 50% in the last 20 years, with the most dramatic increase seen in children ages 6-11 (Axmaker, 1). This obvious epidemic has raised great concern in the medical community because widespread childhood obesity has increased the prevalence of the once rare juvenile diabetes and pediatric hypertension (Bastin, 45). This concern has prompted intense investigation of the causes of childhood studies, aside from socioeconomic status, three major causes have been shown: diet, genetics or biological factors, and lifestyle.
The topic chosen is how parents’ socialization techniques and behaviors are contributing to childhood obesity. Based on a review of the literature, one thing learned was that the incidence of obesity from 1980 to 1999 has doubled in the United States (Ogden, Carroll & Flegal, 2002 cited in O’Dea & Eriksen, 2010, pp. 84-85). Childhood obesity is a major concern because these children grow up to become obese adults. According to Serdula et al., 1993 (as cited by Friedman, Bowden, & Jones, 2003) childhood obesity leads to a lot of adult health problems.
The government should educate people about eating healthy and reading nutrition facts through public service announcements, implementing nutrition classes in the public schools. If people are educated on the matter then they would be capable of making a choice to be healthy. While Bittman is right that allowing food industries to practice self regulation is not working for gauging what’s a healthy or unhealthy product, food industries should not be forced to adhere to regulations. That’s a choice that should be made by the company. Giving companies incentives to change their health standards would encourage them to give individuals a healthier choice.
Sometimes, but it is my opinion that parents are mainly to blame for childhood obesity because they are the ones that buy the groceries, set the television limits, and rely on fast food to feed their children. Parents are not teaching children how to eat healthy. They feed them cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, and fries. Kids are not being exposed to a regular diet of health fruits and vegetables. Now some people are just naturally overweight, but being “overweight” is not the same as being “obese.” Someone who is overweight has reached a maximum weight limit for their height.
Whereas others have found that it all relies on their parents, that they, the parents, are the reason why their children are the way they are. Some even say that it’s the school’s fault because they do not teach the children how to live a healthy lifestyle. Whatever it is, it need to be fixed so that we can have a healthier America. At the same time that I believe that the parents play a big role in the weight status of their children, I also believe that schools play a factor in the recent outbreak of childhood obesity. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last thirty years, it has recently become one of the major health issues in children.