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Parental Role on Childhood Obesity Kelsey Ewert

Parental Role on Childhood Obesity Review of LiteratureKelsey Ewert Mentor: Keri Edwards M.S., CCLSDatabases:PsycinfoSociological AbstractsFamily Studies AbstractsSearch Terms: Parental efficacy in overweight childrenParent responsibility in overweight adolescentsParent role in obese childrenRelationship between parent and child with foodParent role in food decisions in youthGovernment responsibility with obese childrenMonitorEating habits, exercise, screen time, weightEducateBoth parents and children togetherInterveneJoin community health run programs and be firm with child in restrictions


Percentage of high school students who were obese Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2011 (Centers for Disease Control, 2011)Eating Habits Support and EncouragementExerciseRestrict Screen TimeMonitor Health of ChildEpidemic17% (12.7 million) US children and adolescents aged 2--19 years had obesity.Having BMI in the 90th percentile at the ages of 3-5 was associated with adult obesity, central obesity and metabolic syndrome.Minorities are 30% more likely to be obese Obesity has quadrupled in the past decade amongst childrenTop three contributors in cardiovascular disease, asthma, shortened lifespans, Type 11 Diabetes and depression and other health issues

Reduce 100% Fruit juice intake to 4-6 ounces Limit over processed foods high in calories3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables dailyEngage in authoritative behavior in feeding childParents and children have similar BMIs through adolescentsSupport systems moderate inverse relationships between overweight and physical well beingEat dinner and exercise together as a family 60 minutes of vigorous exercise daily Reduce indoor leisure activities Walk or bike to school and get outside more oftenIllinois is the only state in US to mandate all schools have PE classResearch QuestionsHow can parents prevent their child from long term health complications by avoiding obesity?What is the government currently doing to help families and this dilemma?

No more than 2 hours of TV a dayHigher processed food is eaten in front of screen than of any other leisure activityHigher rates of obesity in children who had TVs in bedroomWont directly lead to obesity but constitutes as inactivity that needs to be reducedRegular doctor checkupsLinear relationship between childhood BMI to adulthoodMonitor eating habits, weight, time spent inactiveConclusionMethod