But Davis-Floyd (2001) explains that obesity is a health condition, which when not checked, can result in several other complicated health issues. Another line of research has showed that the issue of obesity is even worse when it is recorded in children. This is because of the number of health risks that obesity carries for these children (Wutzke et al, 2002). Generally, the effects associated with obesity in children can be categorized into several risk factors such as psychological, biological, social and economic (Engelstad, 2005). In often cases, the social effects or risks are carried into the academic performance of obese students because they are faced with stigmatization from their colleagues. In the three research questions posed above, there is an attempt to collect data to collectively answer the research problem.
The first question places emphasis on low self esteem, emanating from stigmatization, bullying and teasing students who are obese go through at the hands of their colleagues. Modern studies have showed that most obese children schooling in various educational institutions in America are sidelined and exempted from several social activities that go on in schools (Moy and Wein, 2007). Some of these activities include sports, entertainment and other school gathering activities (Wilkins et al, 2008). This kind of disparity and stigmatization build a sense of low esteem among the students, making it difficult for them to accept their true personalities and what they are capable of achieving as people (Gaski, 1997). The fact that academic performance is an important aspect of a child’s personality leads to a situation whereby the low self esteem is carried into their abilities to study.
The second question focuses on the effect that home based management can have on children with obesity. In relation to the research topic, this question tries to argue that where as low self esteem can bring about negative effects on ...Show more