Since I was a child, I have always known I wanted to become a doctor, but I did not know what kind of doctor I wanted to become. Did I want to become a doctor to earn a lot of money and live a prosperous life, be respected in society, or so that I could simply help other people? The answer came to me not too long ago while I was volunteering at the Methodist Richardson Hospital. During my time in the children’s ward reading books with these children or even just talking to them, I felt a sense of fulfillment. Seeing these children with life threatening diseases, such as cancer, smiling happily as if nothing were wrong, living their lives as if they were not stuck in hospital beds made me just love them and their positive attitudes. Working with these children helped me realize that whatever I did in life would be focused around children such as them. The volunteer work I committed to at this hospital helped me realize the career field I wanted to go into, and it also taught me how important it is to keep the new generations yet to come healthy, and a massive risk factor that would risk the health of children is childhood obesity.
Although parents are not paying much attention to their children gaining excessive amounts of weight, it is a serious matter because it leads to illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and other health risks. Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States today, and it is only increasing because of the lack of awareness and the absence of a health plan for children that will interest them and allow them to have fun while staying healthy.
Childhood obesity has become such a big problem because of the lack of parent awareness and influence on children to eat healthily. Childhood obesity is a disease of increasing severity. This issue is important because childhood obesity is affecting all socioeconomic classes. The contributing factors that influence childhood obesity include personal, interpersonal, community, organizational, and environmental levels. All of these factors impact health through the opportunities that lead to or protect from obesity. Environmental factors significantly lead to childhood obesity, such as food availability. We can easily purchase different kinds of food today, most of which are unhealthy, and this increases the likeliness of a higher caloric intake. Parents today are too busy focusing on work that that they do not take the time to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for their kids, and make sure they exercise enough to balance out their caloric intake and their calories utilized. Childhood obesity is increasing in prevalence and severity because of food availability and decline in physical activity in children. Programs and apps are needed to advocate a combination of positive body image, healthy lifestyle, nutrition, and physical exercise in children and that is what my senior capstone project plans to focus on.
Childhood obesity is a major public health crisis that is...