The Causes And Implications Of Childhood Obesity

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It is widely argued that childhood obesity has gained a lot of attention in the recent years especially in the 21st century. It has the ability to affect a child in many ways, including physically, mentally, sociologically and psychologically. Childhood obesity is a serious health concern that is partially causes by the careless decisions about food intake, physical activity and lack of parental concerns and knowledge towards a child’s health. According to World Health Organization (WHO) childhood obesity is defined as a serious medical condition where a child has abnormal amount of body fat, which becomes a risk to their health. However, the body mass index (BMI) is the most common method employed in measuring obesity. The BMI is calculated by obtaining one’s weight (kg) and dividing it by their height in square metres. Nevertheless, this paper will discuss some of the causes and implications of the problem represented (Thom, 2007) along with some of the associated discourse, including the assumptions and what is left silenced (Thom, 2007). These topics will be discussed in consideration of Mills’ (1959) Sociological Imagination and also Bacchi’s (2009) WPR frameworks.

A common risk factor that is presented within childhood obesity is the presence of parental or genetic genes. “Parents having obese genes increase the likelihood of obesity occurring by a factor of 12 for boys and a factor of 10 for girls.” (Phillip, 2012). This evidence is shown by a further increase for…

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