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The number of children that are overweight or could be at risk of becoming overweight keeps growing This is a health problem that is not only affecting adults but it is rapidly affecting children The first article explained that some of the contributing factors of child obesity are race and ethnicity parental knowledge dietary habits and environmental influences Berkowitz Borchard 2009 The article also talks about types of preventions that may be affective such as interventions groups that start early in childhood and involvement and support from the community Berkowitz Borchard 2009 The second article explains that excessive food portions and lack of exercise are contributing factors to child obesity It talks about the different types of effects obesity has on ones physical and mental health Some of the prevention strategies are diet and exercise weight loss medication and surgical procedures Although both articles expressed the causes of child obesity and both gave strategies on ways to help prevent and reduce obesity they differed in many ways Race and ethnicity was one of the causes to obesity in the first article Culture is a factor contributing to childhood overweight because the cultural beliefs differ in regards to perception Latin mothers tend to have a different attitude and health belief toward child obesity than actual health practitioners Berkowitz Borchard 2009 Nearly 200 Hispanic parents of obese children found that 35 did not believe their child was overweight Berkowitz Borchard 2009 p 2 This shows that people do in fact have different views and perception on child obesity Parental knowledge and dietary habits is another cause for child obesity Studies have shown that foods to which children are routinely exposed shape preferences and consumption Berkowitz Borchard 2009 p 3 Children are more likely to consume foods that are easily available and they will also consume larger quantities if they are given large portions Berkowitz Borchard 2009 Environmental influences is the last cause for child obesity Individual financial
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