Issue Investigation Report

Obesity Starts Young and Ends Lives Quickly: Why are the nurturers the main blame on their children’s health?

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Many debates dealing with overweight children have surfaced for further discussion because of the concern for the children’s health now(2017) and in the future. There are many perspectives on the issue but, the main controversy is between the debators who believe that the parents are the blame and how it is a form of child abuse. This issue is occurring all over the world but mainly in America due to poor eating habits that developed. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2017), “The percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970’s” (Page 1, paragraph 3). As an American, that is very alarming and persuades me to be aware of that fact as I grow up and plan on having kids of my own. Knowing that information, the parents of an obese child/children need to be more aware of the dangers the food they feed their kids.

There are voices out there that blame child obesity because of poverty. According to Rachel McGuinness (2015), “For a long time, poverty has been thought to be the reason for the ever-increasing childhood obesity rates. Blaming the sugar filled ready meals easily available on super market shelves and fast food chains, it would seem these are easy targets to give the accused obesity finger. This idea comes from the prices of meals these days at fast food restaurants with salads costing more than a cheese burger meal, essentially forcing the poor to buy what they can afford: the unhealthy choice. There’s another issue that arises with the poor and their poor decision making when it comes to food: the idea that nutritional foods keep you full longer, causing them to spend less money. Rather than eat two unhealthy meals a day, they can eat one good healthy meal.  In her perspective on child obesity, Rachel hopes that society can view obese children as a huge issue and can put more money into educating young children and parents that the cheap meals are a bad idea in the long run.

Next, there are the people that put all the blame on the parents for getting their child so big. In this perspective, children are eliminated from being the cause because of their little role in decision-making as they grow up. In other words, the kids are not raising themselves! In Rae Pica’s article, according to SERMO, the global social network for physicians, “69 percent of doctors think parents are either completely or mostly to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic” (2001). That statements adds a lot of meaning given the fact that it is 2017 and obesity in children has gotten worse. To an understanding, people cannot deny the fact that a two-year-old is not capable of choosing to eat healthy or unhealthy foods. Therefore, there is something wrong in the household and the parents are the ones to look to because they do the grocery shopping and the feeding for their child/children.

Then, we have the voices that actually disagree with the obesity idea and how there is not a finger to point. According to Mikaela, on Debate.org, “Rather than hounding children about what they eat and how much they weigh, we should be encouraging them to feel confident in his or herself” (Round 1, Page 2). Mikaela goes on saying how there is sometimes no other option when it comes to being an obese kid. So the other thing left for others to do is make the obese kids feel comfortable in their body. Doing so will prevent younger-obese kids to develop any stage of depression and lower the statistic of suicides that may have occurred from bullying. Basically, her approach to the obese situation in children is to just support them by boosting their confidence, and not jump to conclusions or make certain people feel targeted.

Overall, the issue concerning obese kids is  a very important topic that needs to be discussed on a day-to-day basis because it has an effect on kids’ health and adults’ health(who were once obese kids). The main communities that this issue is affecting is the poor community due to lack of education on the consumption of junk food and the cost of the unhealthy food being so cheap, leaving the poor to buy and consume the  unhealthy food. At the end of the controversy, with three different viewpoints/perspectives, I would agree with all the blame on the parents because of the control and influence they have on their children. Parents need to do a better job on being strict with their child/children’s diet. Starting a healthy eating habit for a child can easily keep them at a stable, well balanced weight .