Annotated Bibliography Matraca Mckay

Obesity in Children

I found this research to be particularly interesting: This research was interesting to me because I new it was a problem, I just didn't know how BIG of a problem it was occurring in the United States.
This part of my annotated bibliography was surprisingly difficult: Trying to find different information, everything I was finding was about the causes and preventions, which is great information to know I just wanted to find more.
Next time I would do this differently: Next time I think would choose a different topic one that may have different kinds of information so I am not reading the same thing over and over again.
Matraca — you could also try changing up your search terms/phrases to read about different aspects of the issue you are looking at. Hamann.

Story, Mary, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, and Simone French. "Individual and Environmental Influences on Adolescent Eating Behaviors." Individual and Environmental Influences on Adolescent Eating Behaviors 102.3 (2002): S40-51. Science Direct. Elsevier Inc, 2002. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <>.

Summary: This article talks about adolescents are not getting enough nutrients into their bodies. They are eating less fruits and veggies and are eating more of high fating foods. There has also been a rise in young females who are skipping meals due to the fact of today's perception of being "skinny" or these teens simply do not eat enough.The article also talks about the four factors that influence kids to eat to much or not eating enough. The factors include individual or intrapersonal influences (eg, psychosocial, biological); social environmental or interpersonal (eg, family and peers); physical environmental or community settings (eg, schools, fast food outlets, convenience stores); and macrosystem or societal (eg, mass media, marketing and advertising, social and cultural norms).

Assess: I would say that this source is very reliable and very useful. It may be close to being outdated seeing as it was published in 2002 almost 12 years ago but a lot of the information is still relevant. The article is not bias towards one way or the other. The purpose of this source is to inform the audience on adolescent eating behaviors. The rhetorical situation is that there is a problem with the way kids eat. According to the CRAAP's test it is a reliable source as well. The authors are clearly stated at the top of the article, they state their references which have functioning links on them, they have the publisher and the year it was published, and it checks off almost everything else on the CRAAP's test.

Reflect: I feel that it relates some-what to my topic of research; not the entire article but bits and pieces of it does help. The article fits with my argument with being that there is in fact a problem with children's eating habits. I can use this source with my research project because it talks about the four factors that influence a child's behavior. It has changed how I think about my research project but I am not exactly sure how.

Robinson, Thomas N. "Effects of Fast Food Branding on Young Children's Taste Preferences FREE." Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 161.8 (2007): 792-97. JAMA Network. American Medical Association, 3 Mar. 2007. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <>.

Summary: Food marketing is to often directed towards children. This article was about a study done on children with the results being that children liked the foods more if they were told that it was from McDonalds. Children as young as preschoolers were being affected by television advertisements. As expected the children after the experiment liked the food that was in the packaging of McDonalds better even though it was the same kind of food.

Assess: This source is useful but it only pertains to the one experiment. It is quite different from the first source that I viewed; this source only talked about the experiment that was being held and the results. It gives important information about how advertisement is being addressed towards young children but that is about it. I feel that the information is reliable but I would probably only be able to use a few aspects from this article in my research project. The information in the article is pretty update and relevant.

Reflect: It fits into my research because I am researching the topic of obese children and fast food marketing is a major contributor. It was only helpful to some extent because it only focuses on one experiment and one fast food marketing place. I can use this source in my research paper for a few of the key points it makes about the fast food marketing industry.

"Childhood Obesity Facts." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 July 2013. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <>.

Summary: The argument is that obesity has short and long term effects on a child that is obese. The point of the article is to inform the reader of the facts, risks and prevention's for an obese child. The article talks about the health effects a child could have with being obese and the things that could potentially happen.

Assess: This source is extremely useful. It is very detailed and to the point of what they are explaining. It thoroughly gives facts, health effects and prevention's of childhood obesity.The purpose of this source is to inform the reader of the facts and how to prevent childhood obesity. According to the CRAAP's test this source is reliable and I would use it myself for my research project. It is current and up to date, it is relevant, and reliable.

Reflect: I feel that though this is one of the shorter articles I have found and yet it is one of the better ones that I have found. It is very detailed and to the point. It fits to my research because it is exactly what I am researching. I can use this source for the facts and information it provides.

"Overweight and Obesity." Kids Health. Ed. Mary L. Gavin. The Nemours Foundation, 01 Oct. 2012. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <>.

Summary: One out of three kids are considered obese. Kids are playing more video games and watching more TV then playing outside or exercising. The article gives examples on how to tell if your child is on the verge of being overweight. It lists the effects of obesity and how will effect your child. It gives a detailed amount of information on the causes of obesity. It also lists how to prevent obesity and how to avoid getting over weight.

Assess: I find this website as a useful source and also reliable. It compares to other sources because of the relevance to my topic. It is reliable because it was reviewed by a doctor and it is not out dated. The purpose is to inform the intended reader about over weight children and obesity. It is current, relevant, authority, and has a purpose.

Reflect: This article fits into my research because I want to talk about how obesity in children is such a major issue that, I personally think gets ignored at times. I think this source will be a very good source to go to to elaborate more on my paper.

Bishop, Jennifer, Rebecca Middendorf, Tori Babin, and Wilma Tilson. "Childhood Obesity." ASPE. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Aug. 2005. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <>

Summary: Obesity had more then tripled sense the 1980's in young children. African American and Mexican American adolescents ages 12-19 were more likely to be overweight. The article includes talking about the nutrients and eating habits of young children. With-in this article it talks about the parental influences and how that truly does affect a child and the relations to obesity. It also talks about how genetics may play a factor in childhood obesity and how advertising and marketing is a major factor as well.

Assess: All though this article is close to being nine years old I think the information is extremely useful. I also feel that the information is reliable to because it is posted on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal and purpose of this article was a detailed overview on childhood obesity. According to the CRAAP test it is a little outdated, but it is relevant. It is a trusted source and trusted information.

Reflect: Though outdated I would use this source in my research paper for supporting details. I would not use it as the main source but it will be strong contributor. This article helps support my argument that people are unaware of how bad childhood obesity is becoming and that they need be educated on it. This article opened my eyes even further on the situation.

"A Growing Problem." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17 Apr. 2013. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <>.

Summary: This article talks about why we shouldn't just focus on physical activity and what children are eating. Yes those two factors are extremely important but they are not the only thing we should be focusing on. This article lists ten things that we should also focus on to help keep kids from gaining weight. Those ten things include the following: Sugary drinks and less healthy foods on school campuses; advertising of less healthy foods; variation in licensure regulations among child care centers; lack of daily, quality physical activity in all schools; no safe and appealing place, in many communities, to play or be active; limited access to healthy affordable foods; greater availability of high-energy-dense foods and sugary drinks; increasing portion sizes; lack of breastfeeding support; and the last factor that should be focused on is television and media.

Assess: This source is useful because it gives a different point of view and has the reader double think about things that we should actually be focusing on. Yes this source is reliable because it is less then a year old and it is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The article has a list of references that have links that work. The purpose of this article is to inform the audience about what we should focus on to help out our future generations.

Reflect: I found this source very helpful to me because it made me think of other things to put into my paper and what other factors should be focused on. The ten factors that I listed in my summary I will incorporate into my research project.

Mayo Clinic Staff. "Childhood Obesity." Definition. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 4 May 2012. Web. 09 Feb. 2014. <>.

Summary: This source contains many different articles. It has tabs off of the first article that gives more information. It starts off with the definition of obese, symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, tests and diagnosis, treatments and drugs, and lastly life styles and home remedies. Each tab gives a brief description, filled with details and preventions on how to help stop childhood obesity.

Assess: This source is useful and reliable. It is from the Mayo Clinic and written by Mayo clinic staff. The resources links work as well. It is fairly recent in date, written in May of 2012. It compares to the other sources because it talks about the causes, preventions, and risks of obesity. This source is objective and not biased. The goal of this source is to inform the audience about obesity.

Reflect: This source was helpful but was also the last source I looked at so it was more of repeated information that I have all ready previously learned from the other articles. With that said this will help in my research project because it will supply supporting detail to my paper. This article supports my argument that something needs to be done with childhood obesity.

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