Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


The purpose of this research project was to identify the factors of childhood obesity and overweight children. The factors that were recognized were activity level, family lifestyle, and nutritional knowledge. The activity level was determined by the child's physical activity participation through either school or in their leisure time. The children's family lifestyle was looked at through genetics and the families. Children's nutritional knowledge was explored as to what they know about nutrition and what they don't know. In finding this information, a survey was given and asked the children questions about their activity level, what they did outside of school that was a physical activity, and what they knew about nutrition. The children were also measured and weighed to determine their Body Mass Index. The surveyed participants were both male and female, ages eleven through twelve. The results of the findings were that even if the child was overweight they still participated in a physical activity but not as much as the healthy children. Eating healthy is a message that needs to be presented to young children in order for them to develop good eating habits and nutritional knowledge.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Institute for Liberal Studies

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