Childhood obesity is a rising problem. It is defined as having a BMI of equal to or greater then 95% of the population (Deckelbaum & Williams, 2001, p. 240s). There are a number of reasons why childhood obesity is on the rise. Increase in television viewing is one culprit (Reilly, 2004). Increases in fast food intake is another (Bowman et al., 2004). There are a variety of reasons for childhood obesity, but one thing is clear - childhood obesity is a problem, as it leads to a range of health problems for the obese child, including diabetes, hypertension and heart problems (Deckelbaum & Williams, 2001, p. 240s). Because childhood obesity is such a problem, and it is becoming more and more widespread, there is a need for a study to understand the problem better, including the reasons why the problem is becoming so widespread, and what can be done about it.
This study seeks to find another factor that might be somewhat overlooked, and that is the role of the parent and the educators of children, and how parents and educators may work together to combat this problem. Specifically, this study seeks to understand how a parent's habits might be transmitted to his or her child, and whether educators can make a difference if they work with parents to help the parents understand how to help their child. This study also seeks to understand what role that parents play in childhood obesity – is it because the parents are too lenient with their child? Or is it because the parents have bad habits themselves, therefore the child learns all these bad habits? Perhaps it is because the parents simply do not have time to prepare food. ...Show more