The social problem that I have chosen to analyze is childhood obesity within the United States. Childhood obesity is an important issue today because there are many health risks that correspond with being overweight. Additionally, overweight children are laying a poor foundation for their future health as adults because of their poor eating habits and lack of good nutrition. I have chosen this particular topic to research because I am on track to becoming a nurse, and not only does childhood obesity affect the health of Americans, but it impacts the cost of healthcare in America as well – a growing national problem. I am also interested in this topic because I have lightly touched upon it in my Child Development and Nutrition classes but have not learned about it in depth. By learning more on this topic, I hope to better understand what causes childhood obesity and apply what I learn in preventing obesity in myself, my friends, my family and future family, as well as in my future patients as a nurse.
A rapidly growing issue today is childhood obesity. It is a significant sociological problem because overweight children are more likely than normal weight children to become obese adults, and as a result will be at a higher risk for a multitude of serious health concerns such as diabetes and heart disease. Childhood obesity seems like an easily solvable issue, and yet it continues to be an incredibly persistent and growing problem in our society. Research shows that over the past thirty years the occurrence of obesity in children in the United States has increased considerably. From 1971-74 only around 5 percent of children between the ages of two and nineteen were obese, but this doubled between 1988 and 1994, and then increased to 15 percent between 1999 and 2002. “The precise timing of the increase in obesity in the United States is important for researchers attempting to identify its causes. Thus, in the search for causes of the...