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Running Head: PARENTS AND OBESITY 1 Is it the Parent’s Responsibility to Cure Obesity? Shaellen Thompson University of Mount Olive
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PARENTS AND OBESITY 2 Abstract In the bible, it says “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22: 6)” ("Healthy Schools", 2017). Parents must guide children on how to eat healthy so they live healthy in the future. This paper will discuss the impact parent’s food choices and activity levels have on children’s obesity. It all starts with the parents the children have to learn the right kinds of foods and the wrong kind of foods to eat and exercise to do to not get obese. There is a link between obesity and the parent’s lifestyle. Parents have a responsibility to society to guide children to make healthy food options and get adequate exercise in order to have healthy citizens that are not obese. Introduction “Obesity has tripled in children since the 1970s” ("Healthy Schools", 2017). This disease affects one third of the population. So, let’s look at what obesity is. Being obese is when your body is carrying too much fat which can lead to health problems (World Health Organization, "Obesity and overweight"). Most doctors look at your Body Mass Index (BMI) when measuring whether a child is obese. “Body mass index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adults. It is defined as a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2” (World Health Organization, "Obesity and overweight"). In children, if you are above the 85 th percentile for your weight/height you are considered obese. Children that are obese you have an energy imbalance.
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