Effect of Parenting Styles on Childhood Obesity in a Low Income Household

Vania Emmela


Parents and environment have the ability to influence a child’s life greatly. In particular, child obesity can either be influenced or inhibited depending on these factors. If the same manner of food is constantly fed to a child, his or her weight and health could be drastically affected. The environment of a low income household could play a role in childhood obesity because it could affect the quality of food provided. Parents could also be influencing factors because they directly feed their children. Disciplining a child is distinctive per parent. There are three parenting styles, however, that many parent’s disciplining falls under. The focused styles are authoritarian, authoritative, and permissive. Each one brings about different expectations from a parent to child and a certain style may have a chance of bringing about an obesity risk. The specific research question to this paper is “How do parenting styles influence levels of childhood obesity in American households of low financial status? It was investigated how obesity can be impacted by parenting style as wells as a low income environment. Then there was analysis in order to find a possible answer as to how parenting style impacts obesity in low income households. The research suggested that there is a prevalence of permissive parenting styles in low income households and that can increase the risk of childhood obesity. As a result of what was have learned, people will be more educated on childhood obesity. Since many parents want what is best for their child, it is extremely important for parents to be aware that certain parenting styles can influence childhood obesity when in a low income environment. Obesity at a young age will hinder children both physically and mentally so it is important to avoid this.


Parenting Styles; Childhood Obesity; Low Income

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