How Does Poverty Affect Obesity?

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Introduction I will address the following question: How does poverty affect obesity? I will use three articles that will support my answer as to why I think poverty affects obesity. First, I will discuss the articles. Second, I will state the author’s main points and identify how they address my research question. Third, I will discuss the evidence the author’s use to make his/her point. Fourth I will discuss what research method they author used to gather data. Fifth, I will address which sociological perspective the author would state their viewpoint to fit. Sixth, I will discuss the authors finding does it contradict and/or complement one another. Finally, I will conclude by giving a brief review of my findings. Author’s Main Points Article Summary One In childhood and adolescent obesity, which is defined as body mass index at or above 95th percentile, adjusted for age and gender, there are significant socioeconomic disparities. The article states that children of low socioeconomic status (SES) are 1.6 times more likely to be obese than high socioeconomic status children (Lee, 2014).The positive relationship between low socieconomic status and obesity is especially worrisome because of relatively high rates of childhood poverty that have only increased the recent economic downturn. One in five US children (16.4 million) now live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level (Lee, 2014). Article Summary Two The entire article addressed children obesity specifically in Montana.Child obesity has many factors, and one factor is poverty. Montana has a high rate of their population of children who live in poverty. Between 1996 and 2001, the state ranked 43rd in the percentage of children in families where no paren... ... middle of paper ... ...our health cost because the obesity rate is predicted to increase with time. Conclusion Overall, I believe the articles that I summarized supported my original question, which was how poverty affects obesity. In addition, the ways are evident by the lack of knowledge on the importance of food, the affordability to those who are poor and the amount of resources they have. I addressed the following question: How does poverty affect obesity? I summarized three articles that helped support my answer as to why I believe poverty affects obesity. I leave with a quote by Tom Colicchio, “This is what people don’t understand: obesity is a symptom of poverty. It is not a lifestyle choice where people are just eating and not exercising. It is because kids and this problem with school lunch right now are getting sugar, fat, empty calories- lots of calories but no nutrition.”

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