Parental Roles in Childhood Obesity

This post was written by a student in Lynn Reid’s Writing for the Sciences class at the City College of New York. After researching a scientifically debatable topic and writing about it for an audience of academic peers, this assignment asks students to present a multi-modal argument of the same topic to a popular audience.

The purpose of this project was to look at parental roles in childhood obesity and if parents are the one to blame for their child being overweight. Research has shown children are more likely to lose weight when their parents are taking part and help the child lose weight as well. Today children are surrounded with fast food and foods that are loaded with carbohydrates and fatty acids. However, can children be the ones to be blame for being overweight? Parents play an active role in their children lives and are usually the ones who make the food choices for the child. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their child is provided with the right nutritional food that is needed for a healthily lifestyle. Many children that are over obese have either both or one parent that is overweight as well. Children that are overweight cannot control their weight by themselves and parents that provide their child with unhealthily foods are initially putting them to an early grave.

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2 Responses to Parental Roles in Childhood Obesity

  1. Translation says:

    Nice presentation. Very impressive and interesting. Keep going dear.

  2. Kylie Rosenstock says:

    I like your topic and think it is very relevant in today’s society. I do have a couple of questions though: for the assignment are you supposed to recognize other sides to the argument? Because as I read your post I thought about how the media may also be responsible for childhood obesity (for example, commercials for sugary cereals and unhealthy snacks especially try to appeal to kids so they will buy their unhealthy product). Also, would you want to include the issue that unhealthy foods are available at many public schools throughout the country? This leaves kids without healthy options and most likely instills bad eating habits. These are just some other aspects of the issue to think about, but I definitely think that parents play a central role in the issue.

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