Socio Economic Status And Obesity

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Socio-Economic Status and Obesity

Rikki Markus
Dr. Toro
Spring 2015 Introduction
In todays society the amount of obese children is constantly increasing at a drastic rate. Since the 1970’s the rate of obesity has doubled in the United States causing researcher to study what factors are causing this epidemic. When studying weight researchers use body mass index (BMI), or a chart which takes into account height and weight to tell if a person is in a healthy weight range. When looking at the BMI of a person there are four categories in which they can be classified: underweight, healthy weight, over weight, and obese. Obesity is considered one of the most extensive diseases with the highest rates of mortality and
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Which brings to question does the developmental environment of rich and poor differ the results of obesity? In a study conducted by Katie M Booth PhD she brings up the idea of a built environment in which her and her colleagues looked at area of residence and their resources, television access, walkability, land use, and level of deprivation. Booth and her colleagues reviewed many articles that related to these topics to come up with their results. In their results not only did they find that people watching more that three hours of television a day are twice as likely to suffer weight issues, but individuals with cars were less likely to be obese than ones without motor vehicles. Although in todays society we may not see television as a judge of poverty we see that kids often settle for television when there is extra time, or they are bored. In an article by Robert Putnam about class and the gap it creates in social connectedness he found that upper/middle class showed increased participation in extra curricular activities such as sports, academics, church, and volunteering. Where as kids of the working/lower class showed steady or declining rates in these activities. This fact shows that more often than not the kids in working/lower class are the ones watching three or more hours of television a day increasing the risk of obesity. These steady and declining rates could be due to the fact that there is a lack of transportation, and adequate recreational
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