Home and Family Influence on Obesity
In the home, families can contribute to obesity by sliding into poor eating behaviors, discouraging activity by favoring "push-button entertainment," and selecting the least physically challenging mode of transportation within the community. The table below provides a detailed list of factors that contrbute to obesity.
|Factors contributing to intake||Factors contributing to inactivity|
|• Food preparation techniques that add fat||• TV/computer in bedrooms|
|• Food selections brought into the home: low nutrient density, high fat||• Number of hours watching TV/day|
|• Infrequent family meals||• Hours spent at video games or computer|
|• Child not allowed to decide whether or not to eat||• Inability to walk to/from school|
|• Parent–child feeding relationship||• Poor neighborhood safety|
|• Parent food behaviors and dieting||• Number hours inactive during daily routines|
|• Use of sweetened beverages, sodas/soft drinks||• Access to playmates for TV/video/ computer free-play time|
|• Number of hours watching TV/day||• Access to exercise facilities, playgrounds sidewalks, YMCA|
|• Parent's inability to set limits|
|• Portion size|
|• Parent's obesity|
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