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.
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."
No single factor or behavior can cause obesity. When children decide to eat more than they need, their bodies store extra calories in fat cells to use this energy for later. Overtime if this pattern continues and their body does not need this stored energy, they develop more fat cells and may lead to becoming obese (Kaneshiro, 2012). Eating Habits Poor eating habits are one of the factors that can cause a teenager to develop obesity. Parents are also a key factor for a child becoming obese, at home parents tend to buy junk food for their children to eat rather things that they should be eating such as fruits and vegetables.
Children from poverty stricken families are also at greater risk for obesity than other socioeconomic groups (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2004). Obesity begins with consuming more food portions than the body requires. Food advetisements is everywhere from roadside signs, glowing vending machines and brightly colored packaging on grocery store shelves. Even while enjoying a favorite television program, there is no escaping the never-ending advertisements from food establishments Parents can help their children by setting an example by demonstrating good eating habits. Planned family meals with better food selections helps to avoid junk and fast foods.
(12) This is not surprising because as the United States industry food aggressively markets high-fat, high-sugar, super-sized food. Many schools dropped physical education, many children spend a lot of time playing computer games instead of playing sports and even fattening snacks food is sold onto campus. Family and school education on obesity awareness is the main path to decrease obesity epidemic among young people and children beside diet and physical exercises improvement. It is necessary to improve health education in American schools and families to help kids to be aware of obesity and obesity related diseases. The people choice of what to eat is a result of the excessive fat accumulation in their body that exposes them to obesity related diseases.
The children of Mississippi are slowly being poisoned by their parent’s poor choices. Due to parent’s poor nutritional education and poor health habits, the children of Mississippi will continue on the destructive path of obesity Childhood obesity in Mississippi is rising due to a parent’s lack of healthy food choices and lack of obesity awareness. Without proper nutrition, obesity is inevitable, and quality nutrition begins within the home of the child. If a parent constantly buys processed foods and saturated fats, it limits a child to only eat what is available at home. Within a study done by BMC Pediatrics, “Parental surveys revealed that approximately 40% of children eat less than two servings of fruits and vegetables per day” (Tovar, Chui, Hyatt, Kuder, Kraak, Choumenkovitch, S., & ... Economos).
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Between activities, there is usually not enough time to go home and cook a healthy meal, so they resort to fast food. Research by Helen Lawson (2013) showed that only one in six mothers cook a h... ... middle of paper ... ...hildren will probably crave after seeing it. Obesity increases from the snacks they eat and it shows negligence because the parents aren’t doing anything to help resolve the problem, like making the kids do something else besides TV. Also, The American Academy of Pediatrics (2011) stated snacking also increases while watching TV or movies. While children enjoy movies, they usually prefer popcorn, soda, and candy, which have very little nutritional value.