Parental Habits and Childhood Obesity Analytical Essay by scribbler

Parental Habits and Childhood Obesity
A review of the sociological factors which have contributed to the epidemic spread of obesity amongst the young.
# 152466 | 1,672 words | 7 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 17, 2013 in Sociology (General) , Nutrition (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper examines the prevailing social conditions and familial habits which result in a psychological conditioning that is rendering children vulnerable to obesity. The paper describes the physical health concerns of obesity that include hypertension and Type 2 diabetes and also notes the emotional stigma of obesity. The paper clearly shows how parental eating and lifestyle habits converge with social pressures to create problematic nutritional patterns that have been devastating to the health of America's youth.

From the Paper:

"Research denotes that one of the primary causes of obesity is a permeation of sedentary behavior in an individual's lifestyle. Often as individual's grow older, and their increased responsibilities dominate their schedules, there is little time allotted to physical activity. This is a directly contributory factor to heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. In order to combat what is clearly a national health priority, with the American Heart Association reporting roughly half a million deaths annually due to heart disease, it is crucial that we work to implant strong values geared toward a regular institution of vigorous physical activity in the daily routine. (AHA, 1) This must be done in public settings and through community interventions. The research aim here will be to identify the targets of such intervention as the schools, parents and mass media sources that encourage unhealthy lifestyle decisions.
"Perhaps one of the most troubling aspects of the obesity plague is that it presents us with a problem which is socially self-perpetuating. In many cases, parents play a leading role in enabling and enforcing negative eating habits in the fragile developmental psyche of a child. This is supported by Gaynon (2002), who denotes that "classical psychology points toward early childhood diet as a prominent factor in the development of obesity, specifically the transitional period when infants are weaned from milk to solid food. Psychologists have found dietary habits learned early on can have a strong effect on adult eating patterns and, consequently, the probability of becoming overweight or obese." (Gaynon, 1)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Heart Association (AHA). (2009). Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics. The American Heart Association.
  • Burberry, Janice & Barbara Learoyd. (2005). Leeds Childhood Obesity Prevention and Weight Management Strategy. Leeds Children & Young People.
  • Centers For Disease Control (CDC). (2009). Overweight and Obesity. Department of Human Health Services.
  • Finkelstein, E.A.; Fiebelkorn, I.C. & Wang, G. (2003). National medical spending attributable to overweight and obesity: How much, and who's paying? Health Affairs, W3, 219-226.
  • Gaynon, L. (2002). Greasing the Path to Obesity: Psychology, society affect eating habits. The PALY Voice.

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