Childhood Obesity Sociology

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Childhood Obesity pg.1 Childhood Obesity Sociology 111 Mrs. Roberts November 16, 2011 Childhood Obesity pg.2 Historically there has always been a problem with obesity in children. Chubby babies and toddlers were more likely to survive infections and contagious diseases, and overweight children and family members were often thought to be financially secure. Today being overweight puts a child at risk for developing chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol levels. Obesity can promote degenerative joint disease which will result in painful knees, hips, feet, and back. Childhood obesity does not affect just the child, it can be stressful on an entire family (Childhood Obesity, 1998, p.1). Take…show more content…
Statistics show that a child with two obese parents has an eighty percent risk of becoming overweight, and a child with normal size parents has only a forty percent chance of becoming overweight. Another risk factor is meal patterns, shipping breakfast slows the metabolism down which slows down the process of digestion. Eating too much fast food is the highest risk to take for meal a choice. Watching television or playing video games instead of playing outside or exercising is a bad choice. Childhood obesity is often the result of genetics and environmental factors. Problems with ones genes controlling appetite and metabolism can cause people to become obese when too many calories are taken in. as such, obesity is a major feature of a number of rare genetic conditions that are often present in children (Hood, 2005,…show more content…
Part of this concept involves monitoring how significant other friends and peers respond to them, along with the value judgments that accompany those perceptions. This takes place in environments that are overlaid with cultural and societal attitudes, values, and conformities. Overweight and obese children develop a sense of low self esteem, and deal with the appearance of their body against this backdrop. Most children are aware of obesity as socially undesirable from a very early age. This awareness appears to be generalized from studies using stereotypes with similar negative responses regardless of gender, age, or own body status. Children can become aware of being obese at relatively low levels of fatness through mechanisms such as reference to photographs and name calling. The physical effects that obesity has on our children can lead to serious health issues both in childhood and continue through their adult years. Many studies have shown that children who are overweight before the age of eight years are at a much higher risk of serious illness such as diabetes, sleep apnea, respiratory diseases, and other serious disease. As parents, we need to take responsibility for our children’s health and lead by example. Parents can help prevent their children from suffering the effects of childhood obesity by setting a good example for their own children, change eating habits, and exercise plans to teach them to live healthy lifestyles (Edmunds,

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