Date of Award

2017

Type

Thesis

Major

Health Science

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science

Department

Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science

First Advisor

Paula King

Second Advisor

Joy Thomas

Third Advisor

Jacqueline Radebaugh

Abstract

This review and analysis explored the prevalence of childhood obesity within the United States and other countries around the world, as well as the correlation between childhood obesity and parents. Method: I originally planned to conduct a survey study within the Muscogee-Columbus County School District (MCSD); however, I was unable to get the correct signatures in order to proceed with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval process. At that time I got approval from the Honors Dean and my Thesis Director to conduct an in-depth literature review and analysis on the impact of childhood obesity and the correlation with parents. Results: The results of the articles and journals indicated that childhood obesity can be linked to genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices. Results were also in consensus with regards to childhood obesity having the ability to lead to early morbidity and mortality if it is not stopped. Conclusion: If not addressed in a timely manner, the resulting consequences of childhood obesity could be irreversible. Further research needs to be completed to specify just how much of obesity can be tied to genetics; currently there are only ranges. Further research would also be beneficial in order to learn which prevention methods work best in certain areas around the world to prevent the continuous rise of childhood obesity.

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