Childhood Obesity Epidemic

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Child obesity is becoming a worldwide epidemic. In the United States, there are at least one in six children between the ages of two and nineteen who are obese. The adolescent increase of obesity is upon the second and third generation of the United States. Why are our obesity rates so high in the United States? Well, there are numerous factors we are looking at on why our children are overweight (Topham 1237).
We are comparing the portion sizes, and looking at the fast food industry. There are three different parenting styles to take into consideration. Also, our children are not getting enough exercise. Video games, television, and computers are taking away from children playing outside. Child obesity is on the rise due to the
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Baumrind identified three different general parenting styles based on levels of parental control/demandingness and warmth/responsiveness. Authoritarian parents are low on responsiveness, but high on demandingness. They expect their children to accept regulations and rules without question. However, permissive parents are high on responsiveness, but low on demandingness. They set few house rules (Topham para. 3).
Studies show that the permissive parenting style increases the risk of child obesity. They do not regulate what their child is eating, and they do not put restrictions on them. They typically let their child eat while watching television. Permissive parents need to learn to be more structured with their children. They need to do it with food relations, as well as non-food relations (Topham para. 6).
In households where there are working parents, children are more likely to watch television or play video games than when they are when parents are at home. Children who are left unattended are less likely to limit their use of entertainment than children with their parents. Eberstadt stated that, “welfare reform’s biggest effect on children is that they spend less time with their mothers and watch twenty-two more minutes of television on average” (Eberstadt para 26). Children are not going to play outside when they are home alone. They are going to stay in the house,
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3). The school meals provide one-third of the recommended dietary allowance of calories, proteins, calcium, and iron. Food that does not have nutritional value is not allowed to be sold in the cafeteria, however, it can be sold in other parts of the school in vending machines. In schools, students have the option of purchasing a soda after lunch is over from vending machines. While junk food still maneuvers around, students have the option of purchasing healthier items. However, not many will choose the healthier option (Bornstein

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