Child Obesity And Its Factors

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Child Obesity and its Factors Lethuy Nguyen University of Texas at Arlington Dr. Myers Fall 2014 Abstract Ever since the 1980’s, the prevalence of obesity in U.S. children has tripled; meaning about 1 in 6 children today are obese. Obesity is defined as a body mass index greater than the 95 percentile for the sex and age. As obesity rates are growing, adults are dying everyday due to the complications of obesity, so it is important to be educated on the risks and factors. People believe there are many different factors contributing to this dramatic increase, such as parental guidance, family stressors, and socioeconomic status. I will discuss the methods and results of three different studies that deal with child obesity and…show more content…
This study explains how children from low or middle-income families have a higher chance of obesity than high-income families. This study focuses on whether or not children with Medicaid had a higher chance of being obese than children with commercial insurance. First Study Summary Obese Parents and Obese Children Grube, M., Bergmann, S., Keitel, A., Herfurth-Majstorovic, K., Wendt, V., Klitzing, K., & Klein, A. (2013). Obese parents – obese children? Psychological-psychiatric risk factors of parental behavior and experience for the development of obesity in children aged 0–3: Study protocol. BMC Public Health, 13, 1186-1193. This perspective longitudinal study examined the parental behavioral patterns that may influence child obesity. This study identifies the risk factors for childhood obesity to develop prevention programs by investigating children from 6 months to 47 months. Sample The authors included 200 families in their studies with a risk group of 100 families and a comparison group of 100 families. The risk group is composed of families where at least one biological parent is obese. The comparison group is composed of families where both parents are normal weight. These two groups are matched based on the age of the child, sex of the child, and the social economic status of the family. Method For this study, there were three assessments done, each 11 months apart. The psychological,
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