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FC: Childhood Obesity | Childhood obesity growing problem.

1: Children have become couch potatoes. Photo by: Getty. Mar. 2009 | Parents are allowing their pantries to become overrun with junk food. Feb. 2005

2: Children are stuffed with fast food for convenience. Photo by Shuttershock.

3: Lets make eating healthy fun for kids!

4: It is for their own good to know how to eat healthy.

5: Childhood Obesity In the United States, obesity is an outrageous social issue, in most adults, as well as in many children. Healthy eating habits is one of the most important lessons that a child should be taught growing up, so why is it that so many of us were never truly taught to pick the right kinds of foods to eat? As we grow up, many of us are taught that in order to please mom and dad, we must make a happy plate. Many of us are also taught that we are to eat what is made for us or we do not eat at all. Though it may be polite manners to eat what is prepared for us, and to finish everything on our plate, it is not always good on the waist line. In picture one, you can see that the boys are eating at McDonald's, which in and of itself is not the true problem, the actual problem is when you look at what the children are eating. In front of each boy is a large fry, so it is obvious that there was no parental input of portion control when ordering for the two boys. In picture two it shows two overweight children lounging on a couch with Chinese food and a remote control in their possession. This picture is showing that these children are being allowed to sit in front of the television and eat meals instead at a table with their family.

6: In the third photo, the family is showing the photographer what kinds of food that is in the pantry of their home and normal foods that they would consume as a family. Though the children in the photo do not look to be overweight, it is obvious that their parents are not enforcing any sort of healthy eating habits in the home. The forth photo represents how we as a society push fast food onto our children and they become addicted to it. Fast food it addicting and getting children hooked at a young age can insure that they will grow up with poor eating habits. My fifth and six photo also tie into one of my solutions to childhood obesity and how to teach children healthy eating habits...Making healthy food fun! Most parents go to the grocery store and do all of the shopping on their own. If parents include the children in shopping for healthy foods, and teaching them to cook healthy meals, then children are going to make more likely to understand the benefits of eating healthy. Another solution is to not force children to make happy plates. It is important that parents make sure that their child is eating plenty of food and get nourishment but "happy plates" teaches children to over eat. Teach children to stop eating when full instead of stuffing themselves.

7: The Sociological Perspective that ties in most with childhood obesity is the interactionist perspective. Parents are always using using different words and symbols to teach children the proper ways to eat a meal, but the issue comes when parents are using the wrong words and symbols. Like spoken of in the last paragraph, "happy plates" are not promoting healthy eating habits, and neither are "happy meals". Also, children receive learned behaviors from their parents. If a parent has poor eating habits and it very likely that the child will as well. I know from experience that this is the case due to the fact that when I was a child, I was raised by a single mother who worked all of the time and never wanted to cook. My eating habits consisted of quick, cheap, and easy, so fast food was usually the answer. As I got older and went off to college, fast food was a norm in the eating habits and number on the scale began to climb. Now that I am old, I have been able to see how important eating healthy is to my body and for my life. I taught myself how to live a healthy life style and have promised to teach my children the things that I have learned.

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