The United States and Childhood Obesity Analytical Essay by Nicky

The United States and Childhood Obesity
An examination of childhood obesity in The United States, its causes and the role that parents play in helping their children avoid obesity.
# 147150 | 3,090 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper discusses the growing epidemic of obesity in The United States and the illnesses associated with obesity. The paper analyzes the parent's role in childhood obesity and weighs the effects of good role models against parents who pay no attention to healthy eating habits. The paper also investigates the nutritional knowledge of obese children against that of healthy children. The need to inform parents of the dangers of obesity is also addressed. The paper concludes that in order to avoid obesity parents have to actively monitor and assist children to live healthier lives.

Table of Contents

Parental Role in Childhood Obesity
Health Behavior Theory and the Obese Child
Affecting Change in Parental Attitudes

From the Paper:

"The growing prevalence of overweight children in the United States makes is a public health priority. The problem has officially been labeled an epidemic due complications that are caused by obesity in children. Without intervention, the costs of pediatric obesity are expected to skyrocket if something is not done to slow the trend and return our children to healthy lifestyles (Ludwig, 2007). The economic impact of childhood obesity will grow over the coming years.
According to the Office of the Surgeon General (2007), the major physical causes of being overweight in children are a lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating patterns. Genetics may play a role, but the most common causes are similar to those in adults. It was found that overweight children tend to watch more than 2 hours of television per day (Office of the Surgeon General, 2007). As a whole, our society has become more sedentary, watching television and playing computer and videogames to pass the time, instead of engaging in physical activity."

Sample of Sources Used:

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