Childhood Obesity Essay

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Rebekah A. Lopez April 9, 2012 English 122 Teacher: Mathew Norsworthy Childhood Obesity Week Five According to my research, childhood obesity has been an ongoing problem for over thirty years. Childhood obesity has actually tripled since 1982 and the numbers continue to grow. However, today parents have become the leading cause of childhood obesity. Due to parents’ lack of education regarding physical/mental health, exercise, and good eating habits children are simple being raised to be obese. Most parents are unaware of the harm they’re doing to their children. Childhood obesity has lead to adulthood health issues such as, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity has caused over 300,000 deaths each year. Based on research and studies, over fifty percent of obesity children have obese parents. Parent’s lack of education has put children’s lives in danger. Children who are obese are more likely to become depressed and suicidal. However, there is a simple solution for children who are obese. Parents need to educate themselves so they are able to prevent their children from becoming obese. As you read on, you will find where the problem beings and how it can end. Young children should not be to blame for being obese. Parents or caregivers are responsible for their children. Studies have shown that there is a high percentage that obese children have obese parents/caregivers. Studies found that families who are obese put their children at risk by structuring their environment to include high fat diets and low energy expenditure (Birch& Fisher, 1998; Birch & Krahnstoever-Davison). In their pivotal review, Birch and Fisher explain how parent feeding is related to the development of children’s food preferences and how parents modify their children’s food preferences by using sweets as rewards and pressuring

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