Personal Reflection

As I delved into researching about the food pyramid and the aspects of how it influences children, I found interesting statistics and research that completely changed my focus on the issue from How the Food Pyramid Helped Children Lose Weight to How It Did Not Help Them At All/Possibly Made It Worse for Them. In other words, to keep it short, The Food Pyramid was a public service announcement device to spread awareness about eating healthy and further intentions to reduce obesity in children. Instead, the child obesity percentage has risen.

First, my understanding of child obesity has changed due to: The BMI for children and essentially what classifies a child as obese. The BMI(Body Mass Index) for children changed my understanding because I always thought that a child is obese due to a certain weight/look to them. Meaning, I always thought it was something simple to assume for a child instead having to weigh them and compare their weight with other children the same age, sex, and height as them to place them into a percentile to determine if they are obese. To me, that makes my understanding of children being obese a lot more seriously because of the procedures taken place to come to the conclusion if a child is obese. Next, is the classifications that play a role in determining if a child is obese. Again, my understanding would have never surfaced that to categorize a child as obese you would first need to analyze their eating habits, see if they are diabetic, hypertensive, lack of physical activity, and genetics.

My perception on people involved in the child obesity controversy changed when I started to read publications that doctors, physical therapists, and physical trainers would publish and their writing would target parents in a degrading way(blaming them for the child’s problems with obesity). Before researching my controversy, I was expecting child obesity to be a genetic issue and would therefore have everyone aware of the issue and cause them to help. Instead, there are more and more people toward the BLAME side than the HELP side. The public are actually blaming kids and parents about the kid’s weight because of so many factors: television, imbalance of nutrition, no outside time, and etc. My perception of reducing the child obesity issue by spreading awareness turned into a realization that people are not aiding the situation but instead scrutinizing the issue in a negative way.

The right position to me would be the supportive-monitoring-engagement approach because to be engaged in an obese child’s life to ensure that they can better themselves in the future by losing weight or eating healthier would be the best choice for them(even if they do not know it yet). My position has not changed from the beginning because my idea of helping to reduce obesity in children has stayed the same due to family members and friends of mine who suffer/suffered from obesity. Witnessing it first hand already shaped the way I viewed obesity in ANYONE and through all the research I still feel the same.

Through the research of my topic, there are certain details I picked up on the arguments and facts through the process such as how the controversy always had more than one side and would never be a simple solution. There were all these people quick to point fingers but never come up with a solution to reducing child obesity. The facts throughout the controversy has remained constant and up-to-date. My advice for others when entering an argument or taking a position would be to do an ample amount of research before commenting or stating your side/opinion of the issue. Also consider other peoples ideas and interpret them in a way you can reflect from them and make an even better claim that either opposes their claim or is for it.