Monday, April 7, 2014

Strict Parenting Linked to Childhood Obesity!

Today News' Linda Carroll writes an article titled "Strict Parenting Linked to Childhood Obesity"; the title is self-explanatory. Linda explains that "because I said so" parenting actually increases a child's chances at obesity. A study done by the American Heart Association showed that, between the ages of 6-11, having a demanding and unemotional parent can increase a child's chances of obesity by 37%. After Linda consulted and interviewed numerous resources, she came to a conclusion of how obesity and parenting are connected. Everyone is born with a natural instinct of self-regulation. When a parent controls every detail about their child's life, the child consequently is dependent on that parent. The dissolves the kid's ability to regulate his body, including whether he is full or not. Experts also say that completely shutting off a child's access to a certain food for an extended time period only increases his desire for sed food. The result is exactly like the examples in the previous posts; the kid will be exposed to all that food once he is out of his parents reach, and it can be unhealthy. In the end, Linda's unique article adds the helpful physical health aspect to the controversial debate of parenting styles.
Http://, Linda. "Hug More, Scold Less: Strict Parenting Linked to Child Obesity -" TODAY. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2014.

I found this article to be very unique and interesting. I have already been persuaded towards the more lenient parenting style, and this article sealed the deal. However, I cannot say that this is the strongest argument. It was helpful, reassuring, and different, but I would not use this as my main argument. Mostly because I don't find it compelling enough. I find that after a parent reads this, instead of actually being convinced to reconsider their parenting style, they would just maybe become more permissive on diet. As for the food aspect, this article could be hugely helpful. 37% increase for obesity is a big number. That statistic alone could easily could persuade a parent to change there kid's eating times. But, due to the massive scale that this debate is on, I do not feel like this argument has enough momentum to be a deal-breaker. When people think of obesity, over-protective parents is not the leading cause that comes to mind. The positive side is that this article, being on Time Magazine, could be a gateway article into the exploration of bigger advantages to a more progressive parenting.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with what you said about how this article does not pack much of a punch to persuade parents into drastically changing their strategies, but it should. Many people in society are obese and this incites a lot of health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes. Of course it is not always parents causing people to eat, but I do think it is a major contributor. If the parent doesn’t restrict junk food then they might be encouraging it by bringing them to fast food places everyday or not teaching them a healthy diet. The parents themselves might have weight problems that frighten the kids into thinking they are going to be big too. Parents really need to find the middle way of teaching their children how to keep a proper diet, and hopefully they can carry that into adulthood.