The obesity epidemic and our nation’s health as a whole have many factors that include socioeconomic status in particular. Socioeconomic Status and Childhood Obesity will always shape our nations vision and mission with what we do with healthcare. Healthcare in America is in a major reconstruction faze, and is in much need of it, obesity and socioeconomic status are going to be the major contributors to this reconstruction.
The ability to have access to better resources for sure allows one to explore better options, but for children in a low socioeconomic life style options are limited. For example, children from this type of living lack the finances to shop for healthier more expensive foods. Socioeconomic status is defined by ones education, income, occupation, and is also known to include the social standing of a group or individual (Education and Socioeconomic Status 1). This could lead many people in this status to take up unhealthy eating habits. Children that live in a low socioeconomic lifestyle become the victims of this unhealthy eating and the obesity epidemic that has hit the United States is a result of that. In addition, children that eat too many calories pick up excess weight because of the lack of energy being burned through physical activity (Bales, Coleman, Wallinga 1). The problems with our health care has brought to the table many debates on what we do with it and how do we move forward for the future, and socioeconomic status and childhood obesity has been a part of that debate.
In society today our participation in socioeconomic, everyday food consumption and physical activities can define our state of mind as a nation. One reason for childhood obesity through studies is the concept of the child’s socioeconomic footing. The state of Mississippi is one of the most obese states in America when it comes to children, most of them being 20% over weight (Vieweg, Johnston, Lanier, Fernandez, and Pandurangi 10). Because of this study, it has allowed us to look into other areas of concern. Second, consumption of food in the twenty-first century has sky rocketed among our younger generation compared to children from the 1970s. Further research has found that there has been an increase of 8% in a child’s food consumption since the nine-teen-seventies (Green, Hargrove, and Riley 1). For children in today’s society over eating can cause many health problems and without being physically active, one can only increase this problem. Moreover, the lack of physical activities among young children has also been on the rise only intensifying the problem. In recent surveys, it was found children between the ages of nine and 13 that less than 25% of them did not engage in physical activities (Layden 5). Without doubt three of these factors listed above are all correlated to why this epidemic has hit our children’s weight so hard.
Socioeconomic footing is that state in which some individuals finds themselves in, and among them...