White Paper — SmilingDogTheProfWants

  1. Childhood obesity
  2. The blame for childhood obesity
  3. The parents fault of giving their child fast food
  4. If parents were more responsible they wouldn’t give their kid fast-food several times a week
  5. If parents didn’t buy fast food for their kids they wouldn’t be obese
  6. Children are to blame for their own obesity because of their heavy desire for the most stimulating things which include fast food, video games, viral videos, YouTube content and (possibly) avoiding situations where others may insult them.

Working hypothesis: Regardless of parents trying their best, if it weren’t for children choosing heavy desires for the most stimulating things like video games, tv, Avoiding situation that could cause insults, and fast food over listening to their parents and playing outside they wouldn’t be obese.


Institute, O. M., Board, O. H. P. A. D., Food, A. N. B., & Committee, O. P. O. O. I. (2005). Preventing childhood obesity : Health in the balance. ProQuest Ebook Central https://ebookcentral.proquest.com 

The idea that preventing Childhood obesity is a claim that practically everyone believes in. Just telling your child to go out and play or take away their devices and console, is always the solution presented, but this doesn’t solve any issues. Most children would rather watch their favorite cartoon than go play outside or go for a walk with their family. It only makes sense that the child wants to do some of these things over the more physically demanding aspects of childhood.

A child would much rather eat mcDonalds or KFC because they know how delicious it is compared to the bitter vegetables their parents force on them and will begin to ask over and over for these nice treats to the point the parent might have little choice in the matter. 

Parents just can’t keep up with their children with so much stimuli in today’s environment and find it extremely difficult to have their kid not resent vegetables or have them play outside when it’s hot out over watching a cool video or playing a fun computer game. Parents can’t watch and dictate every move the child makes and the choices the child will make will almost every time be that of pleasure over a future investment

Smith, C. (1999). Understanding childhood obesity. ProQuest Ebook Central https://ebookcentral.proquest.com

“since the early 1960s, [up to the mid 1990s when this statistic was collected] the number of American children, adolescents, and adults who have become overweight or obese has increased dramatically.” Along with the drastic increase of weight we also see the drastic increase of entertainment and convenient food, starting around 1967, Mcdonalds began to expand across the United States, in 1972 the first video game console was released, and since the 1950 television has been the rising star in entertainment; all of these have only improved over time and have their own teams designated to attracting consumer’s attention.

Charansonney, O. L., & Després, J. (2010). Disease prevention–should we target obesity or sedentary lifestyle? Nature Reviews.Cardiology, 7(8), 468-472. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.rowan.edu/10.1038/nrcardio.2010.68

Obesity is the avoidance that the parents wish upon their children, but the distractions are all a part of first world countrie’s “sedentary lifestyles.” No one would pick exercising over watching tv if they ignored the benefits and harmfulness of one another so those with weak resolve and bad future management like almost every young child would not see any issues enjoying themselves over working hard.

Institute, O. M., Food, A. N. B., & Committee, O. P. I. P. C. (2007). Progress in preventing childhood obesity : How do we measure up?. ProQuest Ebook Central https://ebookcentral.proquest.com

We hear more and more about how funding is needed to put forth educational and physical programs outside and inside schools to try to prevent, alleviate, and solve the obesity issues in our youth, yet the only thing that is foucused on is the need for more funding and the correct targeted auydience, if you send in a representative of a program to talk to kids in a classroom about the issues of obesity and how to fix it most kids are going to ignore it because most aren’t obese, statistaclly only about 1-4 are in a class around 20 students large. The targeted audience is ignored because the leaders can’t claim a kid is overweight and group him with a bunch of overweight and obese children to talk to them, because other students will make fun of them and parentsd would be angry that a random person acclaimed their kid is overweight. But these programs are relatively good for the  child and should at least be explored, however, the child doesn’t want people to make fun of them so they lose out on their opportunity. (other children may be to blame but it’s still the child’s choice).

Committee, O. O. P. P. F., Institute, O. M., & Early, C. O. P. P. (2011). Early childhood obesity prevention policies. ProQuest Ebook Central https://ebookcentral.proquest.com

For better or for worse, parents can’t force their kids to do too much anymore and their children find it more and more acceptable to disobey their parents and go against their wishes. (though this sounds like a different argument my point is) These children disobey because they can get away with it and the parents either lose patience or run out of time before they need to do other things, perhaps leaving up to schools to handle these situations, but those same kids will ignore teachers and find ways to do as little as possible. Though I believe these children are extremes and somewhat stereotypical I find that they branch off to kids that don’t wanna play outside because its too hot but listen to their parents when they are told to eat their vegetables. The child may not be to blame because their parents could have made them go outside if they forced the child to do it, but by today’s standards this would be slightly cruel and uncaring-like (the point is the child would rather do something else than go outside (sedentary actions more than likely) which cause obesity because of their choice to avoid what is healthy whether they understand the concept of overweight/unhealthy or not they’ve made up their minds making it hard to get them healthy).

Topics for smaller papers: 

Definition argument: I could explain the history and evolution of the sedentary lifestyle for a better understanding of long term issues and the effects it has on different ages and even nationalities to define an actual problem vs one unthought of aspect which I’m trying to cover in my paper.

Cause/effect argument: My paper covers some causes and effects of obesity but mainly focuses around how this is a child’s fault rather than the action they perform leading to it, so a smaller paper could easily be made outline what things in particular cause a majority of obesity in children

Rebuttal Argument: A simple rebuttal argument is that the child could be forced to do anything the parent wants them to do as long as it’s not harmful or impossible for the child (possible mentally damage could occur in that circumstance), but my paper is a result of different ideologies of raising a child and that as a result of the several split ideologies the issue my paper covers is a partial reality.

State of the paper research paper: I’m rather content with the current state of my paper as I find myself able to write all of this in just an hour and a half (including looking up and reading through the sources). However, I believe my hypothesis is restricted in its wording but not its idea and I must figure out a way to word it that covers the general basis of my work that follows it. I believe it to be possible for rewording in my works but I fear that I will need more articles to make my claim as it is a very bizarre one that I feel people will immediately disregard; I do not fear it because I need to find more sources, but because with too much citational information it may appear overwhelming and a relatively boring read, so I may need to change my hypothesis altogether to keep a reader entertained or risk the paper being disregarded as nonsense. I am happy about my current sources and about the information I’ve laid out for later use when I reform and construct the foundation of the paper. 

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