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Child Obesity

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Ashley Kroft

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Transcript of Child Obesity

By Ashley Kroft
Professor Beverly Azure
IDS4934 Introduction Parents Media and Marketing School and Friends I dedicate this project to my dad because he has always been by my side and made sure that I should follow my dreams and never settle for anything less. Child obesity has continued to grow drastically over the past 20 years. Kids at such a young age are being diagnosed with type II diabetes, hypertension and other health problems that shouldn't arrive, if they do, until they are much older. This is becoming a huge problem for the young population. At first, thinking this was the parents fault for allowing their kids to become obese but as I deepened my research I discovered that not only is it the parents responsibility, because it's the vase majority of it, but also it's the media, marketing of food, friends and schools. It becomes a combination of things. The media and the marketing of food is an easy way to manipulate a child to get that crave for an unhealthful food when they know it's bad for them. Especially if the media uses cartoon icons that kids can relate to or watch on TV such as Shrek or Disney channel stars such as That's So Raven. Kids that watch a lot of TV see an average of 21 food commercial ads a day that focuses on fast food, candy and high dense caloric energy choices and because of this, that child is more likely to become obese. After parents, schools and friends are the next main source children come in contact with when making food choices. Schools provide vending machines that are filled with sodas, candy, chips, and other high-dense-caloric snacks. In schools, there's at least one vending machine within a very short walking distance to make it convenient for the students to pass and get that unnecessary craving. Children will eat whatever is provided because they spend so many hours out of their day, 5 days a week, at school. When the child is with friends, making healthful food choices when their friends choose candy and sodas makes it difficult to pick better choices. The standard vending machine is becoming a hazard. Also, the meals they serve for kids contain high sodium and low nutrient foods such as pizza's, chicken bowls, and oversized cookies. But when these low nutrient foods smell good, it's over powering next to an unappealing salad. Do Eating Habits of Parents Affect the Obesity (and Eating Habits) of Children? Dedication Parents, or guardians, are all a child has in the early stages of development. Children learn by watching and will do what they see. So if parents have bad eating habits such as eating while watching TV or eating when stressed, children will copy the behavior the parent chooses to do. The home life is an important part when teaching children to choose healthier choices when parents are not around and to control their portion sizes. Conclusion Parents Come First! Schools and Friends come next! And lastly, it's the Media and Marketing of foods! Even though parents eating habits are the main source children learn "their" behaviors from, child obesity is also affected by the marketing of foods, food ads, schools and friends. Even though it's solely the parents responsibility to educate their child and show them good eating behaviors, It is a combination of sources and not just pinpointed on the parents. Here's a few tips for parents to help child obesity from occurring Tips: - Control food portions when at home.
- Have more family meals together.
- Educate your child about choosing healthful food choices when not at home and are with friends.
- Limit time in front of TV and video games.
_ Encourage child to play outside and to get involved in some kind of physical activity.
- Even being active with your kid will show them that physical activity is important if you are out there with them. How my Service Project ties with my research project Volunteering at these two dance studios has showed me how much energy a child has and how much physical activity they need to burn that energy off, Which is at least 60 minutes of high intense activity a day. Also, seeing the interaction between the parent and the child itself is extremely important for how the relationship is at home. Works Cited
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