Should Parents Be Responsible For Obesity Of Their Children?

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Dilaida Jimenez Professor: Eva Gubalova English 162-62 September 12, 2013 Should Parents Be Responsible For Obesity of Their Children? Obesity is a problem that is growing increasingly in the children’s population in the United States. Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that “obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescent in the United States, triple the rate from just one generation ago”. The doctors say that this medical condition is easiest to detect by weighing yourselves, which can determine if you have obesity or not. However, its treatment turns out to be very difficult for adults, and even more for children because the children need to change the style of life. They need to start eating …show more content…

Therefore, the parents should be more responsible. When they see their children at risk of developing obesity, they should take steps to avoid that this occurs. For example, they should buy foods with less calories and with a low glycemic index because as Dr. Nancy Gottesman points out, “Foods with a low- glycemic index (vegetables, fruits, beans, lean proteins, healthy fats, nuts, and minimally processed grains) break down slowly in the digestive system, which makes the eater feel full for a much longer period of time” (Should I Put My Kid On A Diet? 3). The second reason why parents should be responsible of obesity of their kids is that some of them neglect their children. There are parents who don’t want their children to be bothering them while they are working on the computer, taking a break, or simply talking on the phone, and they allow their children to spend many hours watching TV, playing video games or browsing the internet. Many parents put a television in their children’s bedroom, which automatically increases the amount of time the child will be watching TV. According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, “Compared with kids who watch TV or use computers elsewhere in the home, those who have them in their rooms have more belly fat and higher risk for developing

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