Causes of Childhood Obesity

Look at each of the four causes of childhood obesity on the previous page (Genetics, Socioeconomic Status, Physical Activity, and Environment) and come up with one thing that can combat each of these causes. Include references for each of the examples that you use for things that can combat the causes.

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Factors Affecting Childhood Obesity

There are many factors that influence obesity. Read the articles on each of four factors that we will be discussing in this module.


is an in depth peer-reviewed journal article that refences the (1990-2003 – project mapped the human genome) and looks at genes that have the highest risk of the obesity phenotype. Phenotype is a set of visible characteristics of a person that results from the interaction of its genotype and environment. Genotype is the genetic makeup of a person. Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) have been ongoing since 2007 to help link gene variations and diseases. 

Socioeconomic Status

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey (2005-2008).

for more details on their key findings*:

  • Low income children and adolescents are more likely to be obese than their higher income counterparts, but the relationship is not consistent across race and ethnicity groups.
  • Most obese children and adolescents are not low income (below 130% of the poverty level).
  • Children and adolescents living in households where the head of household has a college degree are less likely to be obese compared with those living in households where the household head has less education, but the relationship is not consistent across race and ethnicity groups.
  • Between 1988-1994 and 2007-2008 the prevalence of childhood obesity increased at all income and education levels.

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