October 22, 2012
Obesity is a topic of concern because as stated by the National Health and Nutrition Examination of 2009-2010,” Obesity increases the risk of a number of health conditions including hypertension, adverse lipid concentrations, and type 2 diabetes” (Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of obesity in the United States, 2009–2010. NCHS data brief, no 82. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2012.)
Statistics show that in years 2009-2010 that childhood obesity in America was at 17%. Research has shown that there are many factors that play into this epidemic that is sweeping our nation, but there are a few key factors that play into it. Studies of families of lower socioeconomic status show lower cognitive stimulation, which is a contributing factor to obesity.
I chose the topic of childhood obesity because I believe it is a topic of concern in our country. I believe that studies and research aimed toward the children of obese parents can give us insight as to the cause of this affliction. I am choosing a study targeted at families of low socioeconomic status because I am from one and believe it is a key factor in childhood obesity. Families of lower socioeconomic status are more likely to be less educated or non-professional and thus have less cognitive stimulation. I do believe our nation is feeding our children to death. I have chosen only to retrieve my data from government-funded sites and scholarly articles on the matter to eliminate the mass quantities of information that was available when I simply typed “Childhood obesity in America” in my search engine. I think by narrowing my search this way, it will eliminate any un-truths, uneducated guesses or opinions. I believe that a good education is the remedy to many afflictions, this being a “big” one.
Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of obesity in the United States,...