Prevent Childhood Obesity Research Paper

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Don’t need to know my name
Prof. Patrick McKillop
ENG101.7414
6 February 2011
Research Paper

Prevent Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is when a child is overweight and has or will have many serious health risks. Ji Li and Neal H. Hooker, in “Childhood Obesity and Schools,” explains that “childhood obesity is more than a problem in children; it is linked to adult obesity” (97). If a child is obese, she will stay obese in her adulthood. Helping children to stay healthy with the support of their parents and the school can prevent this problem. Jane E. Brody, in “ ‘Diabesity,’ a Crisis in an Expanding Country,” points out “two recent clinical trials showed that type 2 diabetes could be prevented by changes in diet and exercise”
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This can lead children to get use to eating unhealthy food if their parents don’t change their eating habits. But if children were to see their parents doing exercise or outdoor activates such as riding bikes or running, it will motive them to do the same thing. This proves Li and Hooker explanation, “regularly exercising parents decrease the chance of their child being overweight” (101). Parents need to set good example for themselves in order to have good influence on their children.
Some parents are not strong enough to say no to their children when they want to go to McDonald. Children want to go to McDonald to get the toy from the happy kids meal that they see on TV. This show that Brody is right about his statement, “a food industry and mass media that lure children to eat the wrong foods and too much of them” (205). The children wants the toy as they see on the McDonald commercial and they beg to their parents to go to McDonald till their parents give up. Parents give up because they want their children to be happy and to stop annoying them. If parents want to keep their children healthy, they should say no even if their children begs for it because as a parent should have control.
Some children enjoy sleeping late because they want to watch their favorite cartoon show on a school night. Getting a lack of sleep before another day of school can also cause children to become obesity. Fredericks

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