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Factors Influencing Healthy Childhood in a Big City Family (Polish Studies)

Matyjas B, Forma P

World Health Organization (WHO) recognized obesity as a disease with an epidemic potential. The data in Poland confirms the need to learn about factors influencing health in childhood. Demographic changes occurring in Poland are caused by constant progressing phenomenon of an aging population. The article attempts to describe family factors which determine healthy childhood. The empirical research focuses on the parents' concerns about the proper development of their children, their health and life (one of the most essential care and education tasks). The research was conducted in the City of Warsaw (Poland) which creates specific space of life, particularly for families who live there. Finally, the article attempts to provide typology of childhood in the examined families.