Child hood obesity is a healthcare crisis that is leading to surging increases in health care costs in the United States. There are numerous changes that need to be made to help curb this issue. Access to cheaper healthy foods, educating families to help change eating habits, and funding to help families afford food and have better access to programs that lead to healthier choices. The family dynamic plays a big role in the development of childhood obesity. Families with single mothers were found to have children who were more likely to be obese. When looking more into this particular family dynamic mothers who worked full time had an even higher risk of having children who were going to develop obesity (Cawley 2010). This was more prevalent due to the children making food decisions for themselves. Many children will opt for unhealthier choices due to these foods being more appealing. Without proper parental oversight this type of behavior can become a habit which in turns lead to poor health choices.
- Summer '15
- Nutrition, Economics Of Childhood Obesity