Chilhood Obesity in Bangladesh Research Paper

A look at factors that influence childhood obesity in Bangladesh.
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This paper presents a research study of the factors influencing childhood obesity in Dhaka City, Bangladesh. First, the paper notes that childhood obesity has become a serious public health concern because of its strong association with adulthood obesity and the related adverse health consequences. Next, the paper points out that no sociological study is available on the social factors affecting childhood obesity in Bangladesh. The paper further states that aim of this study is to understand the correlation between various social factors and childhood obesity in schoolchildren of Dhaka city, using a sociological perspective. It describes the methodology and sample used for the study. The findings of the study supported the hypotheses which wanted to show the correlation between obesity and various social factors such as, globalization, fast food consumption, excessive exposure to media, sedentary lifestyle, urbanization etc. The paper concludes by stating that the findings were unable to show any correlation between parental awareness, lack of intake of fruits as well as vegetables and obesity. Recommendations are given in accordance with the findings of the study at the end of the paper. Several figures, tables and photos are included in the paper.


Abstract List of Tables
List of Figures
Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background of the Study
1.2 Rationale of the Study
1.3 Importance of the Study
1.4 Aims and Objectives
1.5 Outline of the Monograph
Chapter Two: Review of Literature
2.1 Obesity in the globalcontext
2.2 Obesity in the Asian context
2.3 Obesity in Bangladesh
2.4 Obesity and Socio-economic Class 13-17
2.5 Globalization and Obesity
2.6 Obesity and Food consumption 18-20
2.7 Media and Obesity
2.8 Urbanization and Obesity
2.9 Fast Food Restaurants and Obesity 24-25
2.10 Physical Exercise and Obesity 25-26

Chapter Three: Theoretical Framework of the Study
3.1 Robertson's World Culture Theory of Globalization
3.2 George Ritzer's theory of 'McDonaldization' 29-30
3.3 Pierre Bourdieu's Theory of Cultural Capital 30-32
3.4 Bandura's Social Learning Theory
3.5 Synthesis of the theories

Chapter Four: Conceptual Framework of the Study
4.1 Conceptual Framework 36-39
4.2 Hypotheses 39-40
4.3 Operational Definitions
Chapter Five: Methodology
5.1 Why Quantitative Methodology? 43-45
5.2 The Study site
5.3 Study Population
5.4 Study Unit
5.5 Sampling 46
5.6 Data Collection Instrument
5.7 Techniques of Data Collection 47-48
5.8 Anthropometric Measurements 48-49
5.9 Duration of the Study
5.10 Techniques of Data processing and Analysis
5.11 Reliability and Validity
5.12 Ethical Issues
5.13 Limitations of the study

Chapter Six: Findings of the Study
6.1 Sample Summary
6.2 Social Class 53-54
6.3 Food Consumption Patterns
6.4 Fast Food Shops
6.5 Media Consumption Patterns
6.6 Physical Exercise
6.7 Availability of Fields
6.8 Awareness of Parents
Chapter Seven: General Discussion
7.1 Globalization, Changing Food Consumption Patterns and Obesity
7.2 Social Class and Obesity
7.3 Media and Obesity
7.4 Urbanization and obesity
7.5 Physical Activities and Obesity
7.6 Globalization, Urbanization, Fast food Industries and Obesity
7.7 From Theory to Data
Chapter Eight: Recommendations and Conclusions

From the Paper:

"The western lifestyle and ideology affect the people of the non-western nations through this process of cultural imperialism. The newer forms of communication technology and mass media play vital role in this regard. Various multinational corporations use this opportunity to make their products familiar to the people all over the world and make profit. Fast food industries, in the same process, set up branches in almost all countries including the third world countries. Following the western way of life, the people of higher socio-economic class in the third world countries become addicted to fast food as well as extremely high media consumption, which paves the way to an increasing obesity rate.
"In sociological usage, Urbanization refers to the 'process of becoming urban; the movement of people or processes to urban areas; the increase of urban areas, population or processes' (Fairchild,1944:330) In Bangladesh, as in some other developing countries, the rate of urbanization is extremely high. Due to the unplanned urbanization, there are no playgrounds for children, not even in the schools. Lack of physical activity is one of the main causes of obesity."

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