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Forty years ago in America childhood obesity was rarely a topic of conversation. A survey done in the early 1970s showed that 6.1% of children between the ages 12 and 19 were overweight. Eight years later the same survey was done and 17.4% were considered overweight (Iannelli). “Childhood obesity epidemic in America is now a confirmed fact since the number of overweight or obese children has more than tripled during the last 30 years” (Childhood Obesity Epidemic). “Over the last 20 years, the prevalence of obesity in children aged 6 to 11 years has tripled from 6.5% to 19.6%” (Childhood Obesity Epidemic). As a nation statistics should be alarming. Why are American children today so obese?
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Childhood obesity is increasing among our children at an alarming rate. According to the Center of Disease Control, the number of obese children has tripled within the last thirty years. About ten percent of toddlers (ages 2-5 years) is overweight (CCCC). Forty years ago only four percent of our children were considered obese and today fifteen percent of them are. The main cause of childhood obesity is unhealthy eating habits and not enough physical activity. There are many things we can do in our homes, schools, and communities to help fight childhood obesity. Childhood obesity can lead to other health and social problems that will affect the children throughout their lives.There are many...
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“At present approximately 9 million children over 6 years of age are considered obese” (Mahshid Dehghan). Childhood obesity continues to increase every year. Childhood obesity has a lot of causes centering on an imbalance of energy taken in and the amount of energy used. Factors of childhood obesity include children having obese parents; low energy expenditure which is a low amount of physical activity is a factor and too much television which is a cause for low physical activity time. Another factor that influences childhood obesity is heredity. Infants born to overweight mothers are found to be less active than other infants. Parents are the primary contributors of childhood obesity based...
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running head: child obesitychildhood obesity in AmericaIntroductionChildhood obesity is a growing pestilential problem in the United States of America. It is a very deliberate contention which can advance to many health and social commencement which can continue into after life. However, it is not as simple as this as the science behind childhood obesity is highly multifarious and can deviate between idiosyncratic. It is important that we implement prevention programs and get a better understanding of childhood obesity. However, medical advice and common sense are usually the safest and most effective ways of reducing childhood obesity in your child.DiscussionStudy found that 25 percent of...
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Do you get enough exercise? Are you sure about that? Or how about this, are you overweight, do you even know? Today’s adolescents don’t. In fact today’s adolescents face serious risk from their lack of activity. Today’s children are obese because they have developed some very bad habits related to healthy living and as result can suffer serious physical and psychological damage.
Perhaps the most damaging health habit kids today have is their complete and total lack of exercise. Children today are more inclined to a sedentary behavior. Movies, television, the Internet, etc. are all magnets for kids, and while these mediums of entertainment aren’t altogether “evil” they can breed docile...
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In the United States one out of five children are overweight or obese according to WebMD. When a child is overweight or obese, safety becomes an issue because it can seriously affect the young child’s health conditions. Obesity is now a worldwide health problem that has not only caused a lot of sparks and talk, but has also begun to rank as a serious risk, comparable to diseases.
Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Obesity occurs when a child weighs above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is a serious issue in the United States and around the world because the extra pounds may lead children to health...
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An obese child's quality of life can be compared to that of a child with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, according to a study published in 2003 (Wood & Vega, MD, 2007). "Dr. Philip Thomas, a surgeon in England, working with obese patients was asked in 2006 to comment on what seemed to be societies reaction to the skyrocketing number of obese children, and he was quoted as saying that, "This is going to be the first generation that is going to have a lower life expectancy than their parents, it's like the plague is in town and no one is interested" (Press, 2006). The rapidly increasing prevalence of childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions and continues to soar, with studies...
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The first issue that contributes to the nation’s obesity rates is that of learned behaviors. Children are very impressionable at a young age and often may mimic what their parents or older siblings do as a form of learning. Therefore if a sibling or adult has poor eating habits a child will develop them through the learning process and will not know that the behavior is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle (Kaneshiro, 2012). Children are also very good at understanding when to stop eating due to the sensation of fullness. Children usually stop as soon as their bodies signal that they are full. But this natural sensation may be overridden especially after significant amounts of...
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Childhood obesity is becoming a prevalent, and scary reality in the United States. The body mass index (also referred to commonly as the BMI) is calculated by a growth chart developed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). These charts help to determine the corresponding BMI-Per-Age percentile. These numbers help determine whether a child is at a healthy rate of physical growth. The BMI is calculated from your height and weight.
Studies for childhood/adolescent obesity target the age group of 2-19 years old. When the child/adolescent is at or above the 85% through the 95% range on the BMI chart, they are considered to be overweight. Anything above the 95% mark is considered obese....
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In the community, nurses serve an important role in the fight against childhood obesity. In the community setting, a nurse is able to assess the preexisting knowledge of a child and their family. They are also able to follow a family over a long period of time than is allotted in the pediatrician’s office or hospital. Most children only see their nurses in the pediatrician’s office once a year. If it is a hospital admission in which the nurse is seeing that child, the nurse may never see that child ever again. Thus, community nurses have an advantage over other nurses because they are able to witness the child and his or her family outside of the hospital, a doctor’s office, or school....
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What is obesity? Obesity is an abnormal accumulation of body fat, usually 20% or more over an individual’s ideal body weight, and morbidly obese is when the body fat is 40% or higher. More recent guidelines for obesity uses a measurement called BMI (body mass index), which is the individual’s weight, multiplied by 703 and then divided by twice the height in inches. BMI of 25.9-29 is considered overweight; BMI over 30 is considered obese. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of illness, disability and death. The Free Dictionary by Farlex (2008)
Obesity is becoming more and more common among younger children. According to Dr. William Dietz, a pediatrician at Tufts University of...
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In an era when increasing obesity is threatening our nation, we are cutting the very programs that could help prevent childhood obesity. There is a decline in how much physical education and nutrition kids are receiving because of the pressures to test children to chart academic performances. The lack of physical activity and poor diet is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States (Health Policy Guide). There have been more than nine million children overweight since 1996. At a young age, children who are obese will more than likely have cardiovascular diseases including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, dyslipedemia, and type two diabetes. Not only will...
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How convenient is it for us to go through a drive-thru and order a meal, or sit in the comforts of our living room and have something delivered to us? Among the many ways food has been made available to us, it appears that the lack of energy we spend in getting it is finally catching up to us. When I say catching up to us, I am referring to the crisis of obesity that we are facing. It appears to have been a problem that existed a long time ago, but has never really received the attention it deserves. It is a problem that millions of Americans are facing now and there seems to be no end in site. I think back to my childhood years, and how we would be at the local parks or in the neighborhoods...
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The World Health Organization (2006, WHO) defines obesity as a body mass index (weight-for-height) equal to or more than 30. In the UK the prevalence of obesity in childhood has significantly increased over the past twenty five years. A study commissioned by The Health Survey for England (HSE) showed that between 1996 and 2001 the proportion of obese children aged six to fifteen rose by 3.5 per cent from 20 per cent to 23.5 per cent of the population in that age bracket; there is no reason to suspect that the children of England are not representative of the United Kingdom as a whole.
Concern has grown that because of this increase obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart...
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As a child I rode the school bus to and from school with my best friend Nicole. She always sat in the seat across the aisle from me because I could not sit with her. Last month we flew to Vancouver. Nearly ten years later I was still unable to sit with my best friend. Nicole is 397 pounds and takes up two airplane seats.
There is a new concern that arises daily regarding healthy lifestyle choices. The rates of hypertension, strokes, cardiovascular disease and diabetes have all increased. The increasing numbers of these chronic diseases closely correlate with increased rates of obesity. Every year this growing epidemic progressively victimizing society’s youngest people – our children....
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Childhood obesity continues to be a serious problem in the United States and around the world. According to Evans et al in the article Changing Perceptions of the Childhood
Obesity Epidemic, obesity is one of the primary causes of preventable death in the US, and costs
billions of dollars a year in health care expenditures. Their article discussed a study in which the attitudes of adults in the United States were studied, as well as the thoughts of the participants on the best ways to reduce childhood obesity.
According to MacDougall et al in the article We Have To Live in the Future, getting children to increase their levels of physical activity is the key to reducing childhood obesity....
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Over a half-century ago obesity, and overweight has become a silent monster that creeps from within. Americans have been preoccupied in the last fifty years with countless numbers of problems that it seems that we have forgotten about our very own waistline. But, what is the difference between overweight and obesity? According to the Center for Disease for Control and Prevention overweight means that a person has a body mass index or BMI between 25 through 29 and anything higher than a 30 is consider obese. In 2009 and 2010 the CDC stated that, “more than 35% of U.S. men and women were obese…”(Carroll, Flegal, Kit, Ogden p.2). The obesity epidemic has reached 1/3 of the United States adult...
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The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study is to gain understanding of the experiences of children who suffer with obesity. The qualitative research will explore and describe how factors, which include the social, cultural, emotional, psychological, and socioeconomic make-up of the child contribute to overweight or obesity. The research will employ a qualitative phenomenological design, which is the most appropriate approach for an exploratory study of the experiences of overweight youth. “Phenomenology enables researchers to examine everyday human experience in close, detailed ways” (DeMarrais & Lapan, 2004, p. 56). The study will use a descriptive phenomenological...
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According to a 2010 report by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past thirty years. As well as having an impact on health, studies have cited a relationship between obesity and poor school performance as well as a child’s readiness for learning and education. This can be correlated with studies finding “obese children have a greater risk of social and psychological problems, such as discrimination and poor self-esteem” (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, para. 2). It has also been documented that obese children miss more days from school than the general student population and “many will lack...
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Child obesity has turned into a huge problem that continues to increase every year and parents seem to be either helping the situation or hurting the situation by specific actions they take. Each year the increase of numbers in childhood obesity keeps growing. Back then, it was rare to hear from a parent that their child was obese because back then all kids did and liked to do was go outside to parks, play sports, take walks anything that dealt with the outdoors made any kid a happy kid. In today’s world, that theory of play time does not exist nearly as much as it used to because of what society has introduced to the world. Society has introduced us to all these new and fun types of...
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There was a time when chubby children were considered cute. It was assumed that their baby fat would melt away and a healthy adult would emerge. We now know that childhood obesity can be very harmful for our nations children. Not only can obesity cause health problems but also psychological problems. In observing the causes of childhood obesity, hopefully we can slow down the epidemic.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of obese children ages 6-19 have tripled to 16% over the last twelve years. That is an alarming figure. One of the main causes is lack of physical activity. This may seem like an obvious cause, but it seems to be the one our youth have the...
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Childhood obesity is increasingly becoming a major problem of Public Health in developing countries, particularly in Canada and the United States. Lack of physical activity, poor nutritional choices, easily accessible fast foods and the built environment are all seen as factors that contribute greatly to childhood obesity. Individuals who are obese have increased risk of developing high blood pressure, impaired glucose function and may sometimes fall victims to physical and psychological abuse (Ludwig, Peterson & Gortmaker, 2001). In Canada, the prevalence rate of obesity has risen predominantly among children and adolescents (Roberts, Shields, De Groh, Aziz & Gilbert, 2012). An...
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"Today, about one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese; nearly triple the rate from 1983. With good reason, childhood obesity is now the Number 1 health concern among parents in the United States, topping drug abuse and smoking. If current trends continue, today’s kids could be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents" (Clinton, para. 3 2011).
Children may not understand the complexities of food intake or obesity but they continue to be affected by the issue. The reality is that if a parent enables their kids to make poor eating choices as children; they will struggle as adults to make the right eating choices. Many factors contribute to childhood...
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I’m sure you have heard in one way or another about America’s health problems. Many have seen it, others have dealt with it
and a few are trying to better this problem. Overweight and obese children have become more prevalent throughout the years.
In 1980, surveys showed that only 5% of children were obese or overweight. Now that percentage has more than tripled at a
high 17.9% (Center For Disease Control and Pervention). I believe that a simple change could be the solution to this problem. I
believe that by simply increasing funds given to schools can help them provide healthier food and will make them able to start
new and more advanced health courses that begin early in a...
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Childhood obesity is more prevalent today than ever before. Our children for the future are being failed. Healthy living needs to be taken more seriously. More and more households have both parents working full-time jobs to provide shelter, food, and clothing for their families. Providing the basic necessities is not enough for a healthy family. Parents need to become more involved with their child's life. Child obesity has been medically proven to increase the risk of long-term life altering illnesses. A more positive role by our nations parents should be taken to lead our children to a healthier future.Emma a nine year old weighs a hundred and ten pounds. When returning home from school...
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As a patient, Michael came to the office with a sore throat. But while inspecting him,the doctor became concerned with a larger issue. After treating his sore throat, talking to him and his parents about an issue to Michael’s health and weight became more important.
Michael, 14 years old, 4’10” tall, weighing in at 143 pounds, was unnecessary for his physical attributes. One could see the extra weight around his waist. His body mass index, (BMI) was in the obese range. Therefore, a talk was needed to improve his lifestyle. He spent six to eight hours daily on the computer, watching television, playing video games, or talking on his cell phone. After his doctor’s visit, he...
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Victims of obesity are younger and younger each year. Society needs to be
involved and contribute to find a way to encourage children to be more active. Schools, Pro athletes, and emotional support need to promote children’s well-being; however, non parent involvement, unwise food choices, and too much government intervene are affecting little ones.
To achieve this goal, schools can help the children by avoiding the type of place where “many children just stand around at recess and talk to friends” (Childhood Obesity,69).
Requiring children to be physically active during recess can help make a difference in the fundamental growth of a child. Having a program ready and set for the children...
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To help out with my research on childhood obesity I am creating this annotated bibliography. I am researching the health issues related to childhood obesity as well as the long term effects.
Rance, K. Laughlen, M. (April, 2011). Obesity and asthma: A dangerous link in children. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Volume 7, Issues 4, p. 287-292. Retrieved 12/12/2013, from http://www.npjournal.org/article/S1555-4155(10)00358-2/fulltext
In this journal the two authors Rance and Laughlen go into details about the background and significant on obesity and asthma, which is consider a health risk related to obesity. They also provide data about the occurrence of these two health...
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When speaking of her 8-year old daughter's obesity, a prideful mother replies "Oh it's no big deal, she just still has her baby fat." Unfortunately, chances are that the daughter's obesity is not caused by her baby fat, but can be contributed to a combination of diet, genetics, and a sedentary lifestyle. Studies show that obesity among children 6-17 years of age, has increased by 50% in the last 20 years, with the most dramatic increase seen in children ages 6-11 (Axmaker, 1). This obvious epidemic has raised great concern in the medical community because widespread childhood obesity has increased the prevalence of the once rare juvenile diabetes and pediatric hypertension (Bastin, 45)....
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Obesity is defined as an unnecessary buildup of body fat. "Obesity is present when total body weight is more than 25 percent fat in boys and more than 32 percent fat in girls" (Lohman, 1987). Although childhood obesity is often defined as a weight-for-height in excess of 120 percent of the ideal, skin fold measures are more accurate determinants of corpulence (Dietz, 676-686; Lohman, 1987). Skin fold thickness is a technique used to evaluate body composition by measuring a double thickness of skin at particular body location. When the triceps and calf are used, a total of skin folds of 10-25mm is considered best for boys, and 16-30mm is best for girls (Lohman,1987).According to Torgan, "The...
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Childhood obesity is beginning to affect more children. Many studies are finding many different contributing factors to the newest childhood disease: obesity. The term "childhood obesity" refers to both children and adolescents. To define the age differences between the two groups, "children refer to 6 to 11 years of age, and adolescents to 12 to 17 years of age" (American Obesity Association, 2005, p.1).Studies have found increases in health risks associated with childhood obesity. Health concerns that once only affected adults are now becoming more prevalent in children. For example, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and hypertension are all on the rise in today's young America. The diagnosis and...
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Statement of Problem
Childhood and adolescent obesity is a problem of significant concern. Whether obese or at risk, excessive fat is based on the ratio of weight to height, age, and gender of the individual (Ul-Haq, Mackay, Fenwick, & Pell, 2013). Today’s youth are considered the most inactive generation in history thus, childhood and adolescent obesity is more prevalent than ever before. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) documents the obesity rate in children ages 6-11 in 2012 at 18% (an increase from seven percent in 1980), and adolescents at 21% (an increase from five percent in 1980). The obesity rate in children has more than doubled and quadrupled in...
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“I don't know too many parents that want to feed their kids’ soda, but high-fructose corn syrup is cheap. The price of soda in 20 years has gone down 40 percent, while the price of whole foods, fruits and vegetables, has gone up 40 percent and obesity goes up right along that curve” (Tom Colicchio). Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. We live in a world where our children can step out of their school and walk into a McDonalds. Where soda companies make millions of dollars a year by placing soda machines in schools. A world where people are dying faster from childhood obesity than smoking. No matter how hard we try to avoid the topic, it's a...
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Imagine a bucket of chicken, half a pizza, a Kid's Meal from McDonald's, and a large Cola. It sounds like there is enough food to feed at least a dozen people, right? Now imagine all that food going only into one mouth, in one sitting. The mouth belonging to a six-year-old girl weighing 70 pounds, who does not want to go out and play, only wanting to watch TV or play video games. How did this child develop these eating habits? What will become of this child? What kind of measures can help this child? Due to the rising epidemic of childhood obesity, especially in young girls, it is important to address the underlying causes, effects, and preventative measures of childhood obesity.Childhood...
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Childhood obesity in America is a growing disease that has become
an epidemic that has lasting psychological effects, because of
advertisement of fast food, lack of physical activities, and parental control
has made food become a major health issue in many young teenagers’
lives today. Overall, who is to blame?
Obesity plagues America and threatens to seriously degrade our
society in many ways. There are some that would argue to say that
obesity is okay and that it is not that big of a deal, they are wrong. There
are some variations pertaining to build but everyone’s body is
designed to carry a certain weight, when you increase that weight you
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‘’We don’t have these children 24 hours a day,
they go home, they go out with friends, they are
off all summer and everything about the world …
conspires to undo even the best things that happen
in schools.’’ - - Belkin, 2006
This paper describes the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic and the school intervention movement to develop healthy lifestyles and reduce obesity. It discusses the extent to which schools can reduce childhood obesity and the need for involvement of other groups in order to increase the impact that schools can have. The implications of involving families and the federal government are examined with a focus on the role these groups play in...
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High cholesterol, high blood pressure, development of diabetes, bone and joint problems and sleep apnea are no longer a concern for just adults, but immediate health effects of childhood obesity. During the past 30 years children have more than doubled in obesity and tripled among adolescents (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013). Since the 1980’s, obese children in the United States, ages 6-11 years old, have increased from 7% to 18% in 2010 (CDC, 2013). As the subject matter of childhood obesity continues to alarm health professionals from the escalating rates, the etiology of this health problem is what makes this issue difficult to resolve. The problem of childhood obesity...
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A very good indicator for the health of the nation is the national epidemic of childhood and adolescent obesity, currently a target objective for Healthy people 2010 (DHHS). The Surgeon General reports there are 12.5 million children between toddlers and school age who are obese, a prevalence of 17%, while children at risk for obesity have a prevalence of 16% (General). A third of the child population are obese or at risk for obesity. This condition crosses all age groups, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and is determined by the measurement of high Body Mass Index (BMI), based on weights and heights in children. Obesity is a leading contributing factor known to have...
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In Wales, 35 percent of children from two to nine are overweight, and more than 54.2% of these are classed as obese (Public Health Wales, 2013). Wales has second highest rates of obesity among middle school children in Europe (Swansea Sound, 2013). Obesity can increase the level of lipids, blood pressure and insulin. It is also related to the rate of coronary heart disease. The obesity in childhood can indirectly influence their health in adult (Freedman and Khan et al., 2001). Swansea Council has launched a series of public relations campaigns to enhance the fight against children obesity such as free exercise courses for children (City and Country of Swansea, 2010)....
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Lisa has been suffering with obesity since she was 12 now at 17 she weighs approximately 440 pounds. She was known as the freak of every school she attended. Due to depression, anxiety and agoraphobia (The fear of wide open spaces, crowds or uncontrolled social conditions.), caused by the rest of her classmates she was forced to drop out of school. Children like these are all across America. Food industries are provoking them to eat more with their tasty, one-dollar menus. One of the areas that need to be given more importance in the fight against obesity is physical education: from elementary throughout high school. Obesity is a disease that is common in America; it usually starts in the...
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Childhood obesity may not seem like a serious problem, but it is a serious medical condition that can have major effects on a child. Although genetics play a role in determining a child’s weight, it is usually due to a child’s amount of exercise and the consumption of healthy meals. Doctors are concerned with the issue, as we all should be, and they are creating new programs that are geared toward helping children learn how to follow a healthier lifestyle. There are some promising outlooks with these programs, and most doctors agree that parents should help their children create a more active and healthy lifestyle. They also agree that the government should provide more attention to the...
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Childhood Obesity- Whose Responsibility Is It?
Daniel Weintraub wrote an article in The Sacramento Bee exclaiming his concern for childhood obesity, criticizing the “blame game”, and whom he believes is not taking enough responsibility for this horrendous epidemic that is sweeping our nation. Weintraub states that, “Parents -- not the fast food companies, not the government-- are in the best position to fight the epidemic of overweight children.” I agree that parents play a vital role in establishing healthy eating choices and exercise habits. However, I also strongly believe that fast food companies and the government should share the responsibility of keeping our nations children...
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Americans have always had the mentality that bigger is better. Bigger cars, bigger houses, and bigger salaries are just a few ways that Americans supersize their lives. But, there is one other thing that has been growing in American households: their weight. Portion sizes are out of control, video games always beat a playground, and everything is motorized. This is the way that American children are growing up, and out. But in a society that is so obsessed with looking good and thus, thin, how are these children getting so large? Advertisements. The news has been attacking advertisements aimed at children, and rightfully so, they are showing unhealthy lifestyles and eating habits in a...
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Nine-year-old Katy lives in an apartment with her divorced mother on a busy street. While Katy's mother, Peggy, is working full time, Katy comes home from school and immediately sits on the couch to eat chocolate chip cookies because she does not have a yard to play in. Only two times a week does Katy get physical education at school. Peggy tries to teach her daughter about the importance of nutrition, but she simply has no time to set an example for her. Over the next few years, Peggy notices that children's sizes no longer fit Katy and she finds herself buying clothes that would fit a fifteen to sixteen-year-old.Like Katy, many children are finding themselves becoming obese. According to...
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Childhood obesity is a nationwide epidemic. Being overweight or obese in childhood are
acknowledged to have a substantial effect on both physical and psychological health. The
instrument of the advancement of obesity is not fully recognized and it is understood to be a
condition with various causes. Ecological factors, lifestyle preferences, and cultural upbringing
play vital roles in the mounting pervasiveness of obesity globally. In general, overweight and
obesity are anticipated to be the products of an escalation in caloric and fat intake. On the other
hand, there are accompanying evidence that disproportionate sugar intake by soft drink,
increased portion size, and...
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Obesity has grown to become an epidemic in the United States. No single solution or strategy can prevent the disease. Sedentary lifestyles of American school children have reached an alarming rate. Greater attention, focus, and preventive measures should be placed on African American and Hispanic children because they have the highest obesity rates. Children from poverty stricken families are also at greater risk for obesity than other socioeconomic groups (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2004). Obesity begins with consuming more food portions than the body requires. Food advetisements is everywhere from roadside signs, glowing vending machines and brightly colored packaging on...
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The epidemic of childhood obesity has caught the attention of First Lady Michelle Obama and this is an indicator of how serious this problem is. As healthcare professionals it is incumbent to diagnose the overall problem and devise innovation policies and solutions to initiate effective damage control and preventative strategies. The development of structured and proven techniques is necessary to fight childhood obesity. The seriousness of this cannot be overstated, since addressing the problem effectively will help to determine the future health of this nation. The long term implications of not successfully treating overweight children will compromise their quality of life, cause low self...
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America. This country has been called the land of the free and the home of the brave for many, many years. How amazing is it that this country even exists? Who would have thought people could rise up and defy such a big thing as total control? How fascinating would it have been to be there to see it? Yet, where did that lead us? On the outside a free country, sure, but when put under the microscope, America becomes a place full of prisoners. So many people are trapped in their own body. Adults, elders, even children. In fact, the obesity rate of children increased dramatically from 1974 to 2008, going from just over 6% to just over 18% (Scinicariello and Buser 299). This has become a trend...
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Obesity has increased drastically in today’s society. Alarmingly, present day generations show childhood obesity to be a growing crisis. Viewed as an epidemic, childhood obesity is sweeping across the United States and creating a public health crisis (Henry). Obesity in young children is contributed by different factors. Many are based off of lifestyles and peer pressure in schools and in households. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2004), over 16 percent of children and adolescents from 6 to 19 years of age are overweight and/or obese” (Green 915). This reveals that obesity is a serious disease that is affecting many young people nationwide.
It was not until...
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In the past three decades, rates of childhood obesity have increased precipitously. Between the years and 1980 and 2000, the prevalence of obesity has increased from 6.5% to 19.6% among 6 to 11 year old children and 5.0% to 18.1% among 12 to 19 year old adolescents x(National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2010). This condition is accompanied by many physical and psychological consequences for these children. There are two common postions in the debate about the causes of this condition. One belief of the cause of childhood obesity is that it is a question of “personal responsibility” or in the case of children, of “parental responsibility.” That...