Childhood Obesity

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The Early Stages Of Childhood Obesity

Jamie Ramirez

English Comp. 122

Melissa Holmberg

March 2, 2011

The topic I originally chose for my paper was “Addressing the issues of childhood obesity.” However after doing some research and finding different material to study I narrowed it down to “the early stages of childhood obesity.”I chose this topic because I have a lot of questions right now about childhood obesity that I would like answers for. My son is not obese but he constantly wants to eat and he doesn’t get a whole lot of exercise. We do worry that he will be overweight some day and we warn him of the consequences but he just can’t seem to stop. He thinks he’s always hungry sometimes I wonder if he is trying to fill some kind of hole. I can’t get him to tell me how he feels or what he is going through and I tend to worry about him a lot. I feel this subject is very important. Parents need to be more aware of the problem we are facing with our children today. Childhood obesity is a rising concern for our children today. In fact my research has shown “that in the past two decades childhood obesity has doubled in the united states.25% of children from age two to age eighteen meet the standards for being obese. About 20% of these children are in danger of becoming an obese adult.” T.P. & M. K. [2000] The Overweight Child Buffalo, New York: Firefly books. “Childhood obesity also plays a part in several childhood diseases. Some of which include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.” T.P. & M. K. [2000] The Overweight Child Buffalo, New York: Firefly books.

There are two topics I plan to argue in this paper. One topic is whether wealth plays a part in childhood obesity. The other is whether or not this varies by gender. I also plan to answer three questions I have about this issue. At what age does childhood obesity start? How do we prevent childhood obesity? Are there any medical problems which can cause childhood obesity?

Let’s start with my first claim. I have always been told that if you are less wealthy your child was most likely to become an obese child. This was because a single less wealthy mother couldn’t afford to buy food which has nutrients in it that children are required to be healthy. However, while conducting my research I have learned that children from middle class to more wealthy families are more likely to be Obese. In fact “the study, by researchers from the Institute of Child Health at University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital, followed the lives of more than 13,000 children born in the UK between 2000 and 2002.It showed that by the age of three, 23 per cent of children were overweight.” Read more: “Researchers linked the problem to the rise of highly-paid working mothers - who are often forced to leave a nanny or nursery in charge of their child's diet and physical exercise.”

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“High consumption of snack foods and sweetened drinks, long hours spent watching television and low rates of breastfeeding - shown to prevent obesity - were also said to be factors.”

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I suggest that mothers pack their children’s lunches and snacks to somewhat cut down on this obstacle. If mothers would pack their children’s lunches and snacks they would have some control on what their child puts in their mouth.

The next claim I would like to argue is whether childhood obesity varies by gender. I feel that boys are usually heavier than girls. I feel this way because girls are always worried about their weight and looks. Whereas boys don’t usually care as much. I also feel this way because...
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