Children and Medicine

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Parental Influence February 16, 2011

Filed under: Jaiquan — jaiquanj @ 7:33 pm

Due to advances in equal rights and technology men and women are now making meaningful careers as opposed to past stay-at-home moms. Therefore, parents have pressures such as work, taking care of the household, while taking care of their kids at the same time. Which simply means, they don’t have the time to play with their kids (Stout D1). Work demands and busy schedules all play in a factor in how much time the parent is able to play with their child.

According to a special issue article, minority populations risk for obesity seems to be relatively higher. The trend seems more prevalent in single women (Kumanyika np) . So if a woman in that category were to have kids, the child(ren) would be exposed to that lifestyle. Making a sense if normality for the child. Parents are the most influential people in a child’s life. So parents please make all your decisions in regards to your child because they are a small reflection of the person that you are.

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Nowhere to Play February 14, 2011

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Where do they go?

More and more people are trying to better their lives by moving either to or near cities that have more opportunity than that of a rural community. However, with this shift in environment it gives the child less room to maneuver around and play as they choose. With the constant building up of once near deserted areas are leaving kids as well as parents to worry about how safe it is  to play outside (Skenazy np). Oncoming traffic, crime, and construction all play a part into how people let their kids play. Also, along with the development of urban and suburban areas parks are being depleted for housing purposes (Skenazy np).

 

The Future February 9, 2011

Filed under: Jaiquan — jaiquanj @ 7:22 pm

Is this what America is coming to?

With the world becoming more “healthy” it seems as if the main focus is placed on the curing of diseases and adult health care. That’s fine and all, but who will be the ones to take over  the workforce and be the adults that these scientists stress healthy lifestyles to? The youth. In order to form a “perfect society”, one must start with the society of the future. If you instill the knowledge and implement programs that will help kids see the benefit of an active lifestyle, there will be a better society in the future as regards to health. Morbid lifestyles have evolved because of modern society as we know it.  A lot of which is technology. Kids nowadays, go to school, then come home and are glued to the television screen. This is the venue where advertisers have a field day and play with the psyche of adolescents as their body as well as minds are developing (Childhood Obesity np na). They know that kids enjoy watching television and because of that they use tactics that give children more motivation to eat unhealthier things. According to the Child Obesity article, approximately 20% of kids are getting the recommended fruit and vegetables that they need a day.However, the ones that are getting the proper amount of vegetables about 10% of them are obtaining their nutrients via french fries (Child Obesity np na). Oh the irony!

 

Source

Filed under: Jaiquan,Resources — jaiquanj @ 7:08 pm

Lenore Skenzy . Why Kids don’t Play outside Anymore. Free Range Kids. WordPress. 7 February 2011.

http://freerangekids.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/why-kids-dont-play-outside-much-anymore/

Lenore creates a blog to explain why she thinks that kids don’t play outside anymore. Her theory is that architectural advances and an increase in the traffic pattern is the cause for it. She gives a short opinionated explanation for why kids, as well as parents, now have seemed to denounce the fact of playing outside of the house.

 

Sources February 7, 2011

Filed under: Jaiquan,Resources — jaiquanj @ 7:51 pm

Childhood Obesity. aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/child_obesity/. Human health Services. Web. 4 February 2011.

http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/child_obesity/

 

The Human Health Services department put together a study of trends they saw in childrens’ eating habits and obesity rates. It breaks down most of the factors that a child can face and provides graphs along with startling statistics to boast their argument. This source is perfect because it shows how obesity rates have climbed within the last few decades and it offers solutions to why this has occurred. Lastly, the article is relevant to nearly every aspect of my topic making it easy to draw from in more than one perspective.

 

 

Kumanyika, Shiriki K. Special Issues regarding Obesity in Minority Populations. Annals of Internal Medicine. Web. 4 February 2011.

http://www.annals.org/content/119/7_Part_2/650.full

 

This article focuses more on the psychological effects of obesity within minority groups and give a few indicators to prove how they factor in together. The other thing that makes this article relative is that it delves into future numbers and projections that tell what the future holds if the trends in children’s health does not change.

 

 

Harsha, David. The benefits of Physical Activity in Childhood. The American Journal of Medical Sciences. Web. 5 February 2011.

http://journals.lww.com/amjmedsci/Abstract/1995/12000/The_Benefits_of_Physical_Activity_in_Childhood.19.aspx

 

Dr. David Harsha has spent exhausting efforts into helping the youth prepare for a better lifestyle and establishing a healthier life for them overall. This article is proof of my previous statement. In his article, he provides the graphs and statistics that show, as to why, living an active lifestyle as a child is more beneficial.

 

Socio Economic Status

Filed under: Jaiquan — jaiquanj @ 7:44 pm

The truth of the matter is this, money talks. However way you look at it the key to being physically fit is having and using the necessary tools around to have the most productive workout. Therefore, the socioeconomic status of a person totally develops the fact that the higher you are in economic status means the more assessable a person is to the luxuries such as gyms, fitness centers, and recreational centers. Also the eating habits in a household with below average income is more than likely different than that of a household with an above average income. However, socioeconomic status cannot be directly linked to the well being of children because it is collinear to race/ethnicity (Health and Human services article). Another note that relates is that between the years 1986-1998 the obesity rates with African American and Hispanics grew a whopping 120% while with non-hispanics and whites the rate grew only 50% (HHS article, na, np).With that being said, I’ll let you be the judge to how it factors in society. Also, to buy foods that are healthy is generally more expensive than to buy foods that are not as healthy. Here’s a scenario, take a mother who is making minimum wage trying to feed her two kids. She only has $20 and she her kids are hungry. Does she buy fresh fruit and produce from the market for about $15 or does she stop to McDonalds and feed them both for $6?

 

Biblio entry February 2, 2011

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Stout, Hilary. Effort to Restore Childrens Play Gains Momentum. New York Times 6 Jan. 2011. D1. Print.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/06/garden/06play.html?_r=3&src=me&ref=general

 

This article basically describes how in a Pennsylvania neighborhood parents are fearful of letting their kids play outside. Its almost like a phobia for them because the act of kids frolicking together are diminishing. The author has an old school approach to the dilemma. She feels that by letting children go outside and find something to do is a simple solution to what has become a major glitch in America’s health scene.