ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Child Obesity and Parental Negiglence

Updated on May 21, 2012

Obese Children

Children Health Issues

Child obesity has become a major problem for parents all over the world. Over the past several years child obesity has caught the eye of the professionals in the health field and the media, so much that there is currently a motion in which obese children under the age of 12 are being threatened to be removed from the custody of their parents into protective custody under the state in which they live. If parents are failing to help their obese child live a healthy lifestyle.

Parents look at their growing children and believe that it is cute that their child is plump. Parents believe they are showing good parenting skills by feeding their child and giving them all the sweets and fatty foods that the child desires. There is nothing wrong with feeding a child, however, it is what a parent is feeding the child that matters. A child cannot fend for his or herself, therefore, the parent is the primary agent of the child’s well-being. Parents encourage obesity in their selves and children without knowing it. Factors that play a part in unhealthy eating habits, and some parents do not realize, is household income and food selections There are parents that work and do not have time to prepare good nutritional meals for their families. Most parents in this situation go out and purchase foods that are already prepared, whether it is fast food, frozen dinners or anything you can just warm up with little or no preparation. These types of foods are high in sodium and fat. There are parents that are not able to afford the good nutritional foods needed to lead a healthy life. These household are considered to be low income and do not take in many vegetables. Vegetable consumption for low income households “reduced by 22% compared to only 12% reduction among the highest income households. Thus, research can conclude that time and healthy foods are contributors by parents to obesity.

Time and low income are not factors that can be controlled by parents. If a parent or parents have to work long hours to get the bills paid and does not have time or is too tired to cook a nutritional mean or if a parent or parents are not able to get many hours at work to provide food that is healthy to eat, where is the parental negligence in that? There is no parental negligence. However, if a parent does have time to cook and is giving their child or children adult size servings of food. This is training the child metabolism to decline because the calorie intake is greater than what the child’s body is able to burn off. Also, if a parent let their child go and prepare their own meal or the parent is letting the child eat what he or she wants and the parent is not paying attention to the foods that the child is consuming. This is called parental negligence. The type of environment a parent raises their child in is the type of environment that the child is going to adapt too. If a parent has cookies for breakfast his or her child is going to want a cookie for breakfast.

The children are the future. What type of future are we making for them if we are not giving them the chance to be at their full potential. Teach your child how to live a healthy lifestyle.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Shakka James profile imageAUTHOR

      Shakka James 

      3 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Jack, I also find myself being lazy too. There are many sites you can go to, to create your own blogs. Thanks for liking and commenting on my article. I hope you read more of them.

    • Shakka James profile imageAUTHOR

      Shakka James 

      3 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Thank you, I hope you find my other articles useful too.

    • Shakka James profile imageAUTHOR

      Shakka James 

      3 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Thank you very much, I am glad that I was able to be helpful too you. You are the reason why I write on topics such as Child Obesity and Bullying. Again, Thank you!

    • profile image

      Jack 

      3 years ago

      Remarkable post & Outstanding weblog! I would like to begin a blog too but I've no clue where to start. I have the rlaevent skills to do it (not that hard on the practical part) but I honestly feel like I'm just too lazy to post frequently That's the matter, if you start you need to go all of the way

    • profile image

      Andy 

      3 years ago

      Acquiring study this I assumed it had been quite usufel. I enjoy you taking some time and work to place this short article with each other. I as soon as once again discover myself paying method to significantly time the two studying and commenting. But so what, it had been nonetheless worthwhile!

    • profile image

      Jigneshvalodara 

      3 years ago

      I have to express some tnahks to you just for rescuing me from such a crisis. Right after surfing around throughout the online world and getting views that were not helpful, I figured my life was well over. Being alive without the approaches to the problems you've fixed through your short article is a crucial case, as well as those that might have negatively damaged my entire career if I hadn't come across the website. Your own personal natural talent and kindness in touching every part was priceless. I'm not sure what I would've done if I had not come across such a stuff like this. I can also at this moment look forward to my future. Thank you very much for your reliable and result oriented help. I will not hesitate to propose the sites to anyone who needs to have counselling about this area.

    • Bruce Haataja profile image

      Bruce Haataja 

      4 years ago from Menahga, MN

      I believe its almost like the parents are killing there child when they are feeding them and making it seem that being bigger is fine and they are growing so its no big deal. One of the biggest things that bothers me is parents saying there child is big boned. Parents need to educate there children and show them that eating healthy and being active is best. Are healthy foods really more expensive? In the long run i don't think they are. I recommend that people grow gardens. I have found that kids really enjoy watching them grow and even more eating fresh fruits and vegetables when they are ready.

    • MarleneB profile image

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Good luck, sis! You have your work cut out for you. I speak from experience at trying to do the same thing as you. Maybe I was too pushy, but for me, it got to the point where the parent ended up telling me that since I don't pay the bills around that household, then I don't have a right to suggest what food goes into the child's mouth. Hmmm! I had to let it go. Now, the child is a teenager and going to school getting teased and wanting to commit suicide from all the cruel things the kids say. If parents could only see and care enough they would stop the madness and just feed their children healthy foods. Is that too much to ask? Oh well, I tried my best. I hope one day soon your sister will take your suggestions to heart.

    • Shakka James profile imageAUTHOR

      Shakka James 

      6 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Thank you! It was a touchy subject for me because I have a niece that is obese. My sister just gives her whatever she wants and it is really bad. I am trying to help teach her how to feed my niece healthy nutritional meals.

    • MarleneB profile image

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Well said. When I look at the photo of that little girl, I feel so sad because there are a lot of children out in the world just like her. They're just children - they don't know any better than what the parent teaches them. I wish more parents would stop and look at what they are doing to their children. Like you mentioned, parents who struggle because of poor income can't be blamed, but the ones who have the income but won't take the time to feed their child a healthy meal are definitely to blame. Oh, you've got me started now. Excellent hub.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)