Korean Parents to Blame For Obese Children, Says Study

Well, of course. Cram schools (hogwans, if you will), long schedules, little parental guidance and introduction to the Western diet will do that:

Parents are entirely to blame for the obesity of their children, an explosive study suggests.

The Korean Society for the Study of Obesity said that 22.4 percent of children who do not eat dinner with their parents are obese, while the rate among kids who sit down to a family dinner is just 5.1 percent.

The KSSO said this is the first-ever study linking childhood obesity with the living patterns at home.

Childhood obesity in Korea rose steadily from 5.8 percent in 1997 to 9.6 percent in 2012. The number of children and teens with diabetes surged from 15,100 in 2005 to 21,300 in 2013.

The KSSO studied nutritional intake from 2009 and 2013 and analyzed data on 3,281 children between six and 11 and their parents, as well as surveying 1,000 parents of elementary schoolchildren this year.

It concluded that mothers who consume more than one carbonated drink a week increase the risk of obesity in their children 1.6 times. Also, families that eat out more than 5.5 times a week consume 204 kcal a day more than families that stay in.

Kim Dae-jung, a doctor at Ajou University, said, “The problem is that children who do not have dinner with their families often eat fast food, which is high in calories and low in nutrition, and don’t get enough exercise after their meal.”

Chung So-chung at Konkuk University Medical Center said, “If children eat alone, they don’t acquire a proper taste and only want salty, sweet or spicy foods. Eating together as a family is not just important from a purely nutritional point of view but also impacts what children learn about food.”

  • Dana Garcia

    Chinese are pretty bad too because with only one child allowed, parents focus on junior and make sure he isn’t gong to starve.


    • Icebow

      Gung hey fat choi…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Did someone say pizza?

  • Oh my God. This kind of politically incorrect truth will make some people go nuts.

    Are you saying fat people are fat because of poor food choices (on their own or in a family setting)?

    Isn’t it against the law to be so judgemental.

    Next thing you are going to say is that 75% of your health care dollars are spent on asking doctors to undue physical damage people do to themselves by eating crap food.

    Let’s ignore the obvious. Junk food makes you a fat, and an over user of the medical system.

    Take the authors of this study out and shoot them. People will not stand for the truth.

  • mauser 98

    Koreans are most video game addicted on planet

  • Brett_McS

    Traditional Korean food prevents obesity; there is only so much Kim Chi that a human can eat.

    • But it’s so good!

      One is right. It is difficult to get fat on a Korean diet of mostly vegetables and grains. There is little meat. Most obesity cases are due to Western diet which is fattier and family circumstances as described in the article.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    I have tutored the children of Chinese and Korean immigrants for many years; I have noticed that their eating habits at least outside the home seem to be dreadful…tons of fast food and constant candy, pastries, soda, and greasy, salty snacks. By the time they get to their early teens you can see the effects of this, with increased weight, bad skin, and lack of energy. I get the feeling that with many of their parents food is a battle they have given up on, and they basically let their kids eat whatever they want as a way to bribe them to study more, which is these families is non-negotiable. A typical day for a lot of these kids is going straight from school to a tutoring centre, where they are basically in class again for another 2 or 3 hours; their parents give them money to buy their own dinner. With the last group of kids I tutored, dinner was inevitably the McDonalds just down the street.