Essay on Childhood Obesity

1606 Words Dec 4th, 2012 7 Pages
Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and is steadily affecting many low- and middle-income families particularly in the United States. The socioeconomic status of these families contributes to the childhood obesity epidemic.
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The article, “Beliefs about the Role of Parenting in Feeding and Childhood Obesity among Mothers of Lower Socioeconomic Status” is a study that was conducted by Alison Kalinowski, Kylene Krause, Carla Berdejo, Kristina Harrell, Katherine Rosenblum, and Julie Lumeng. The study was published in the Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior. The focus of the study was to examine beliefs about the role of parenting in feeding
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The 2003 National Survey of Children's Health was used to estimate obesity and overweight prevalence among children in 12 immigrant groups, stratified by race/ethnicity and generational status. Logistic regression was used to examine immigrant differentials in the prevalence and odds of obesity and overweight.
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The article, “Rising Social Inequalities in US Childhood Obesity, 2003–2007” written by Gopal K. Singh, Mohammad Siahpush, and Michael D. Kogan is a study that was published by Annals Of Epidemiology. The purpose of the study was to examine changes between 2003 and 2007 in obesity and overweight prevalence among U.S. children and adolescents 10 to 17 years of age from detailed racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups. According to the study, in 2007, 16.4% of U.S. children were obese and 31.6% were overweight. From 2003 to 2007, obesity prevalence increased by 10% for all U.S. children but increased by 23%–33% for children in low- education, low-income, and higher unemployment households. The study found that social inequalities in obesity and overweight prevalence increased because of more rapid increases in prevalence among children in lower socioeconomic groups.
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The article, “Prevalence and trends of severe obesity among US children and adolescents” written by Joseph A. Skelton, Stephen R. Cook, Peggy Auinger, Jonathan D. Klein, and Sarah E.

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