Parents are to blame for obesity

Or poor children are the laziest? So, who is to blame? That cities are built, not for walking and biking, but with automobiles in mind? And according to the World Health Organizationchildhood obesity is one of the most serious public health threats of the 21st century. There are now nearly twice as many overweight children and almost three times as many overweight adolescents as there were in -- and it previously took 30 years for the number of overweight American children to double.

These factors also affect the ability to parent well. We all need to take responsibility, not just the mom. Getty Images Forget blaming the obesity endemic on soda, trans fats, and endless hours sitting in front of a screen.

The physicians believe parents are to blame. However, just making fat kids thinner will do little to address the fat elephant in the room — the social injustices which continue to be perpetuated by social inequalities. And blaming a mother for making her child fat does not begin to acknowledge the multiple, oppressive forces that restrict the choices a parent can make.

Now we have a report from SERMO, the leading global social network for physicians, announcing that, according to a recent poll of its members, 69 percent of doctors think parents are either completely or mostly to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic.

Study reveals parents' poor eating habits are to blame for childhood obesity, NOT fast food

That, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation studykids are spending an average of 7. The nearly two-minute spot starts with a 5-foot-9, pound adult male named Jim being placed on the emergency room table where a medical team begins working to save his life.

This is not to say that there were no medical reasons for placing these children into state care. Rather than encouraging her son to be healthy, as she does later, Mom is doing the opposite, picking up fast food for him, buying him candy from a vending machine, letting him eat sugary cereals for breakfast, and feeding him French fries.

By the way, just how much have pediatricians done to stem the tide?

Who's Responsible for the Childhood Obesity Crisis?

Are children responsible for the fact that a large percentage of two- to seven-year-olds - and an even larger percentage of eight- to eighteen-year-olds - have TVs in their bedrooms?

Indeed, by the time a child is six years old, her chances of becoming an obese adult are over 50 percent. There are obviously many other forces at play. It is the responsibility of everyone who lives and works with -- and makes decisions involving -- them.

And parents give food as a reward, i. The goal was to raise awareness and encourage parents to help in preventing childhood, and ultimately adult, obesity. The problem is, once a child is obese as a result of all these adult-made decisions, the odds are pretty much stacked against him.

Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Perhaps instead of criticising parents of all fat children, or fat children themselves, it is more productive and positive to confront the wider issues of neglect.

They have been judged to be neglectful in their duty to protect their children from being fat. Parents, teachers, school administrators, policymakers, and city planners are all responsible for helping to create a childhood obesity crisis.Should a child’s obese body be used as evidence to support their removal from their parents’ care?

According to a recent report in The Age newspaper, the Children’s Court of Victoria thinks so. "If parents are eating poorly, chances are their kids are too." Nearly one-third (30 percent) of California's teenagers are overweight or obese.

Poor dietary habits, along with environmental and other factors, are strongly linked to obesity. Study reveals parents' poor eating habits are to blame for childhood obesity, NOT fast food.

A study conducted at the University of North Carolina at. Now we have a report from SERMO, the leading global social network for physicians, announcing that, according to a recent poll of its members, 69 percent of doctors think parents are either completely or mostly to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic.

Aug 18,  · While the PSA has certainly sparked conversation, I was surprised when a Good Morning America poll inspired by the PSA revealed that eighty-one percent of viewers believe parents are to blame if their kids Phone: () Forget blaming the obesity endemic on soda, trans fats, and endless hours sitting in front of a screen.

A bold new PSA from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, points a finger closer to home, at mom.

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