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More than half of adults in the United States are estimated to be overweight or obese (cite-hp pg 28). Obesity is a result of complex variety of social, behavioral, cultural, environmental, physiological and genetic factors (cite-hp pg 28). Efforts to develop healthy eating habits to maintain a healthy weight index should start early in childhood throughout teenage years to adulthood. Studies have shown the different eating habits according to gender and socioeconomic factors as well as, ways to enhance healthy eating habits and discourage poor eating habits. A nursing intervention that can be used to implement healthy eating habits in teenagers is to encourage awareness of health eating...
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Part 1. Evaluation of my Eating SpokeAfter watching the videos on TV and reading the chapters in the book, I realized that healthy eating is a key to achieving maximum wellness. Enjoying a variety of foods from the different food groups is the key to healthy eating. It is very important to implement this concept in our life because food is acting within our body in a way that totally affects influences and determines what kind of health we are going to have as we grow older.Completing the Self-Survey and constructing the Wellness Wheel allowed me to take a closer look at my eating habits. So, how does my Eating spoke compare to my other spokes on the wheel? Well, I am afraid that my Eating...
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College students lead very busy and stressful lives which impacts all aspects of their health. One of the highest risks of a hectic routine is poor eating habits. Many students commonly reach for junk food during study sessions, or fast-food during a night out with friends. Also, many students have reduced impulse control and will choose to eat foods that are high in fat, salt, carbohydrates, and sugar. It is vital that students understand the importance of their choices as well as ways to make better decisions when it comes to meals and snacks.
The purpose of this report is to educate readers on the factors that lead to eat poor habits, and to share some concepts of...
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Promoting Healthy Eating Habits by not Eating Late NightChanging Behavior -Promoting Healthy Eating Habits by not Eating Late Night10/1/2014General PsychologyAbstractDeveloping healthy eating habits is not an easy task. What we eat, how much we eat and when we eat are all factors that have a significant impact on our physical, mental and emotional state of mind. When a person is healthy, they are generally happier than someone who struggles with health issues. As I've gotten older, I have realized that a significant factor in maintaining a healthy body overall is to maintain a healthy weight. It is still possible for a person with a normal or "healthy" BMI to experience illnesses in their...
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How does lifestyle influence student’s eating habits? Do different lifestyles affect student’s eating habits?
The consumption of a healthy eating, weight control and general wellness are getting more significance throughout the daily living of the students. (Jackson, Berry, & Kennedy, 2009). Healthy diets, that contained low saturated fat and being rich in plant foods, have the advantages of increased longevity and lower percentages of chronic diseases. (Papadaki, Hondros, Scott, & Kapsokefalou, 2007). In general, part of the lifestyles and eating are started early in the student life. After the students have moved out from their comfort with their parents and changes in living...
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Benefits of the Weight Watchers Program
Weight Watchers is an excellent program to aid in weight loss and healthy eating. It is an easy, healthy, and effective method for losing weight and eating correctly. Weight Watchers has based their program on a point system, making it easy to follow by counting points assigned to foods. It promotes healthy eating habits by regulating serving sizes, which are set by the United States Department of Agriculture. In addition to promoting healthy eating habits, it offers support for people who might need it. The support, along with the eating plan, helps dieters lose weight and eat healthy.
Weight Watchers is very easy to...
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Eating is a fact of living. We need to eat to live, so that people can grow and develop the way you should. But for some people, food becomes the enemy. Because they're worried about being fat, they begin to limit what they eat or make themselves vomit right after eating.Eating disorders can make someone very sick. People have even died due to eating disorders and the harm it did to their bodies. An eating disorder is when a person eats, or refuses to eat, in order to satisfy a psychic need and not a physical need. The person doesn't listen to bodily signals or perhaps is not even aware of them. A normal person eats when hungry and stops eating when the body doesn't need more, when he feels...
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How does healthy eating affect your life? Many people really pay attention to the food they put in their bodies, until we get sick and need medical attention. I know that many of us love to eat fast food, but it catches up with us in the long run. While eating healthy would stop you from getting sick, and lower the cost of health care, healthy eating can enrich your body and prevent you from getting high doctor bills.
How can I eat healthier? Healthy eating means picking all natural foods from the basic food groups; meats, dairy, fruits and vegetables, grains and stop eating too many sweets and fats. The first step in eating healthy is to know the good fats from the bad fats. Fats are...
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Even though adults decide their food choices, food pattern consumption starts at an early age and improvement in the nations diet starts with children.How does one know if they are eating healthy or not? Choosing foods for a healthy diet does not mean giving up favorite foods. A diet rich in healthy foods is important for everyone, , whatever their age. What we eat can make a dramatic impact to our health and introducing healthy eating habits at a young age will guide children through a lifetime of far less weight and healthy problems.For most children eating whatever they wants whenever they want makes adjusting to a new way of eating difficult for both the parent and the child. There are...
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According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA, 2013), four out of five college students drink alcohol. Alcohol consumption is not only the cause of 1,800 deaths, 599,000 injuries, 696,000 physical assaults, and 97,000 sexual assaults of 18-24 year olds but it can also be the link to disordered eating habits such as overeating, purging, or not eating at all (Giles, Champion, Sutfin, McCoy & Wagoner, 2009; NIAAA, 2013). Nearly 80% of college students report drinking alcohol and half have claimed binge drinking in the past two weeks (NIAAA, 2013). Binge drinking can give drinkers an increased chance of becoming vulnerable to 54 different types of...
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Is all food good? In my life today, my parents are continually telling me that I shouldn't eat junk foods and should eat healthier foods. I don't see why because who besides some health freak would choose a plate of steamed vegetables over a bucket of hot chips. Well, I have been told in this current HPE (Health and Physical Education) unit that eating too much junk food while you are young can lead to serious health problems later in life. I want to live a good healthy life when I'm older which is free of health difficulties so that's why I'm am asking myself the question, am I "eating my way to a healthy lifestyle".Twenty or so years ago, children always used to eat a healthy home-cooked...
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My name is Joshua I am a 20-year-old college sophomore at Georgia Perimeter College. I eat very well, which I have found is in complete contrast with my college peers. According to the National Health Awareness, has an overall average 30% for US colleges and Universities college students tend to skip one meal a day. Most college students don't even know what a healthy diet is, and a large percentage of students who are aware of proper nutrition choose to ignore it. One must have a good diet, learn to plan a good diet by sticking to a consistent routine, and stay away from fast food diet.
At Georgia Perimeter College students are unaware of what exactly a good diet is, bad eating habits...
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Thinning Down School FoodMany cafeteria workers across the United States do not believe children standing in their own lunch lines don't suffer from obesity. "Obesity? Not in my school." A study that was recently done in Pennsylvania shows that many cafeteria personnel don't think school meals are a factor of obesity in children.Claudia Probart, a TK at Penn State University, says that those personnel tested believed there was a childhood obesity problem nationally, but furthermore denied the problem in their own schools. Instead, participants in the survey thought that pop culture, peer pressure, and parental attitudes were the top factors on unhealthy eating habits. The American Obesity...
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Breakfast is the most essential meal. "It breaks the long overnight fast, helping you wake up and get going." (Hark, L. Deen, D. 2007, pg 14). Most importantly eating breakfast helps you to stop feeling hungry later and therefore you will be more alert at school or work as you have consumed energy in food kilojoules to concentrate. There have been numerous studies conducted over the past years, many concluding that breakfast is important for adolescents. Bad habits are extremely hard to break, for example someone who bites their nails finds it very hard to stop. This can be applied to an adolescence diet, if bad habits are created early on in life then it will be hard to break this habit....
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Childhood obesity is becoming more prevalent in the western world as statistics show that in Australia, one quarter of children are either overweight or obese. (Australian Bureau of statistics)
Teachers have a role and opportunity to be an influence on students. They can train and develop good eating habits as well as encourage physical activity.
The age 2-6 will be the focus of preventing obesity. This is a fantastic age group to work with as they are at the age to start good habits in all areas of life.
Through this essay and backed by research, I will show how physical education is important for 2-6 years old. I will explain a way that teachers can play a role in preventing...
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The Benefits and Roles on the Body
Over time sitting and eating at the table with family has slowly drifted away. Now with all the new restaurants popping up everywhere he or she turns, who has time to stop and eat healthy? While most people do not take time for themselves, one must take time out for their bodies. Healthy eating is the number one priority when it comes to having a healthy body. Though not everyone may eat healthy, healthy eating contributes to weight loss, better performance, improves body health, reduces risk of illnesses, and lowers health care cost. If the want is there, be assured that the benefits of eating healthy are abundant. To understand...
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The adults surrounding American children should teach the kids about the importance of physical activity in their daily lives. Most importantly, children need to realize that maintaining an active lifestyle develops a safer and more practical way to stay healthy than dieting. Furthermore, when children practice a vibrant way of life, the odds of him/her acquiring an eating disorder later in life are smaller. Finally, history has proven that physical exercise in young people helps to keep the majority mentally focused in the classroom.In America, the popularity of fad diets has sky-rocketed, which has set a poor example for young adults and children that dieting exists as the safest way to...
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According to Michael Amsel of the Asbury Park Press, "Over the past three decades childhood obesity in America has increased by over fifty percent"(A6). That is about one third, roughly twenty-five million of the nation's children (Amsel,A6). If parents are unable to adequately teach their children about proper health then they have to learn about it somewhere else. Childhood obesity is on the rise and school systems are trying new methods to deter the epidemic. Schools, especially elementary schools, are in place to teach children not only the fundamentals of education but the fundamentals of living a happy and healthy life. If the government did not think that schools were responsible for...
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Over the years the traditional diet of Australia has changed dramatically. Many influences have caused this change to eating patterns and many of their effects are drastic. This essay will concentrate on the significant influences on Australian eating patterns, and the effect that they have on the health and well-being of Australian's both now and in the future. The influences focused on will be the lifestyle changes of Australians, education, advances in technology and multiculturalism within Australia. Conclusions and recommendations will be made about these influences onThere have been many influence on Australia's eating trends over past years, these influences include, lifestyle...
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As many as 10 million woman and girls suffer from anorexia or bulimia in the United States (Steele). Anorexia and bulimia are very serious eating disorders. Many women and young girls feel that these disorders are the only way for them to be accepted by others. However the strive for acceptance only ends up causing pain, emotional harm, or death to those affected. Being a sufferer of anorexia, I know the emotional and physical damage this disease can cause. The root cause of having an eating disorder is still undetermined, yet some doctors and physiologist believe the new focus on a perfect body, shown by the media is to blame. Society’s portrayal and promotion of a thin body image...
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Student Sample Essay
Topic: An important event that changed my life
An Important Event
1 There are many changes that can happen in a person's life. Some changes are very tiny and
would not affect your life very much. However, other events could be very important and could change
a person's whole life, such as getting married, having a baby, or losing someone special. The important
event that changed my life is coming to the United States to study. When I first arrived in this country, I
realized that a tremendous transformation would happen in my life both physically and mentally. After
spending more than two months in the United States, I firmly believe that moving to the United States is...
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Nutrition is both physically and mentally essential in daily lives. While people have knowledge of severe underdeveloped nutrition in other parts of the world, they fail to realize the malnutrition that may be affecting their own bodies. Every human needs a proper diet with nutrients which provide the individual with energy, structure, and regulation to maintain the body (Smolin and Grosvenor 21-22). In order to lead a healthy lifestyle, a person must also have a healthy body image. However, healthy body images have been rapidly decreasing in recent years. Both men and women are constantly urged to fit a specific body image in order to be happy, admired, and loved. In countries where a food...
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Nutrition and Mental HealthHealth is the state of fitness of the body and mind. Health is usually determined by individual's lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle keeps one's mind and body in good shape and similarly a bad lifestyle leads us to a very bad shape. Food and nutrition play major roles in everyone's life. If someone does not get the right amount of nutrition, their mind and body won't function right. The body would not produce enough energy. (Markey, 2004) Eating habits should be good because if we do not eat the right foods our mind and body will be weak and tired. Bad eating habits leave the person with not enough energy to do any mental or physical activity properly.Mental health...
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The article I choose was from Woman's World magazine. Caitlin Castro writes it. The title of the article is "Foods that protect you from stroke." The article states there are two good reasons for women to change their eating habits to prevent a stroke, or at least lower their chances of having one. The reasons are that more women than men are having strokes and they can be more crippling for women. All that is needed is for women to change or add healthy items to their menu. Harvard researches suggest that you have three cups of vitamin C-rich fruit daily. This will lower the risk by 50%. They also suggest having fish at least twice a week. This will lower it by another 7%. The omega three...
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Million of people battle with their weight everyday. Losing weight,eating healthy and finding time to exercise are the biggest complaints of most people that are overweight. So many people fail at losing weight because they are lazy. Many people would like to lose weight and exercise but because of jobs, families and busy life it is hard to find time to exercise. People never consider their health when it comes to losing weight. Everyone just wants to look good. Most people want to lose weight for a vacation. Some women want to lose weight because they are get married. Some would like to lose weight just to get in an old or new suit. There are many reasons to lose weight. “It is estimated...
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IntroductionProper nutrition in childhood can reinforce lifelong eating habits that contribute to healthy living. As much as food has become our way of life, so have the consequences of abusing it. During a child's first few years is when they grow and develop the most. During this period, it is important they receive all the vitamins and nutrients they need. If not, many will live with lifelong health problems and reminders. Obesity and tooth decay are the two most common negative outcomes of poor nutrition in children. Children tend to eat the same type of foods and develop the same habits of exercise of those around them. Parents should regulate the sugar intake, exercise regularly,...
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1.Simpson, K. (2002). Anorexia nervosa and culture. Journal Of Psychiatric & Mental
Health Nursing, 9(1), 65-71.
This article describes how unrealistic standards of attractiveness set by Western society are internalized by women from a variety of cultural backgrounds and translated into fat-phobia and body dissatisfaction and then discusses alternative cultural influences for food refusal such as issues of control, acculturation, and religious asceticism. The author claims that there is a need for culturally sensitive questionnaires and diagnostic criteria and suggests that the notion of anorexia as a culture bound syndrome is no longer valid as the illness as been identified in a number...
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During adolescence there is a high susceptibility to nutritional deficiencies and poor eating habits. This may lead to problems later on in life such as osteoporosis, obesity, hyperlipedemia, sexual maturation delays, and final adult height. The development of eating disorders is also prominent during this time.
Adolescents require extra nutrients due to a growth spurt, which girls experience during the ages of 10 or 11, reaches its peak at age 12 and is completed by about age 15. In boys, it begins at 12 or 13 years of age, peaks at age 14 and ends by about age 19. Adequate amounts of iron and calcium are important as the adolescent body undergoes the growth period. At the ages of 9 to...
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One of the biggest problems we currently face as a society is obesity. People all over the nation question why we are having this problem and who is responsible. Who do we turn to to educate our society so that we may address this problem the correct way? The answer: healthy eating habits and exercising should be taught early in a child's life. An excellent place to build these fitness foundations is where children spend almost a third of their time: at school. Physical education should be available for all kindergarten through twelfth-grade students in order to tackle the problems of obesity.
The number of overweight youth has more than doubled in the past thirty years according to an...
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The body and mind are a whole system and is realized that everything is connected. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, limiting animal fat, cutting down on sugar and taking multivitamins supplement every day will help maintain your ideal weight and gives you energy.
Personal Evaluation Notebook 11.2
Reviewing Your Health
Read the following and write your comments o the lines provided.
1. Do you maintain your ideal weight? If not, what can you do to achieve your ideal weight?
Yes, I always seem to maintain my body. My body weight hasn’t really changed over the years.
2. Describe a few of your healthy eating habits.
I mainly eat organic foods, like fruits, vegetables, and...
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Eating Disorders Among Teens
Eating Disorders have become a serious issue in the past twenty-five years. Many people have been diagnosed for having an eating disorder. More teens out of any other age group suffer from it. Sports, peer-pressure, and low self-esteem can cause teens to be driven to eating disorders.
Anorexia and Bulimia are the two main types of eating disorders. Anorexia is the self-starving behavior that can lead to severe health problems and even death. Bulimia is when a binge/purge cycle is used or laxatives are used at an excessive amount. Anorexia and bulimia affect a person?s thoughts and feelings as well as his or her body (Erlanger 18).
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Anorexia is a complex eating disorder that leads to loss of weight and serious health problems. The loss of weight is more than the ideal weight and health of a person. The health problems caused due to the disorder can be even life-threatening.
The term Anorexia means “loss of appetite”. The disorder is characterized by excessive loss of weight (15% less than the actual ideal body weight) and self-starvation. The disorder affects men and women of all ages and is predominant in women. Persons with anorexia fear extremely about weight gain, see themselves as fat even when they are under-weight, do excessive dieting and exercising. Person tries to lose weight by self-induced vomiting, reduce...
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Three percent of Americans doesn’t seem like that many, but when you look at it with people who have eating disorders it’s shocking. Ever since the thoughts on being thin came around young women couldn’t get enough on the idea. Pulling the horrifying parts of eating disorders out and making them look trendy and glamorous. Something that could’ve been an inspiration to lose weight and be healthy plummeted and made thinness seem like the necessity. The lovely motivation to be healthy turned into a ton of young girls starving themselves and dying just to be skinny (Zoltan).
Young women have found urges to take on eating disorders, which caused the level of women with eating disorders to rise....
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Critique of Greg Crister's "Too much of a Good Thing"
Greg Crister, the author of the op-ed essay that was featured in the Los Angeles Times, "Too Much of a Good Thing," argues that in order to stop obesity, we should stigmatize overeating. Crister states that we should place shame on overeating due to the rising obesity epidemic that faces the world today. The U.N. proclaims that "obesity is a dominant unmet global health issue, with Westernized countries topping the list." Crister states that twenty five percent of all Americans under the age of nineteen are either obese or overweight. Children are becoming more obese, and more out of hand with their weight, and something needs to be...
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Healthy Eating Plan ComparisonAs I look back on the healthy eating plan from week one, my eating habits have changed my intake results. Diets have always been hard for me, I always thought about eating healthy but I have not always made the right food choices. Since the week one healthy eating plan, there have been some big changes in my eating habits. For example, my fruit intake is more a part of my diet than before and my diet has increased in other important nutrients as well. In week one's food diary checkpoint, the fruit intake was one cup for each day, while in the second food diary assignment showed that the fruit intake is now 2.8 cups each day. However, most of the results from the...
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We Are What We Eat: American Diet
In comparison to other countries, the American diet remains undoubtedly too low in fiber, fruits, and vegetables, yet is entirely too high in calories, fats, added sugars, sodium, and grains. The array of healthy food choices available in America essentially supports ideal dietary health; however lacking proper nutritional knowledge while living a lifestyle full of time constraints prevents many Americans from maintaining a healthy diet. Learning to choose nutritious foods that accommodate individual eating preferences such as convenience and appeal is essential in fixing the American diet with increased longevity.
Food appeal is an important factor teens...
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Off to College:
When parents send their children off to college, they might entertain the notion that their little darlings, having been brought up with the four basic food groups, will continue to practice impeccable dietary habits. Little do they know that their children skip meals, guzzle soda by the case, subsist on a diet that would make a mother cringe (Baker 12).
Quick and easy meals are most attractive to students, so the microwave plays a major role in student's living habits. One half of all students say they use a microwave everyday, reports Roper CollegeTrack, an annual survey of student's behavior and attitudes.
When college students arrive on...
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In sports today there is a pursuit of excellence that is highly valued in athletics and, although participating in sports is usually a self-esteem booster for girls, being involved in some weight-conscious sports might put teenage girls at risk for eating disorders. But new research shows there are some warning signs that parents and coaches can look out for.An estimated 1,000,000 teenagers are affected in some way by an eating disorder and almost 90 percent of these teens were female. Although, some males, involved in wrestling and long-distance runners primarily, have also fallen victim those statistics are nowhere near as high as females. Over 60 percent of 10th grader girls surveyed by...
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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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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...
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I interviewed Dr. Samina Ajmal from Zulekha Hospital, Dubai. We discussed Obesity; THE BANE OF THE DEVELOPED WORLD- is spreading its tentacles among the young in the UAE too. Dr. Samina Ajmal explains how I can be tackled.Maria: What are the major concerns regarding eating patterns of children in the U.A.E?Dr. Samina: I have worked with children for about 12 years now. In the U.A.E, I feel the eating habits of children are particularly distorted because parents are hard-pressed for time especially if both of them are working. Due to this, it becomes common practice to eat out and the main emphasis is on junk food.Children get into the habit of eating while on the go and snacking from an...
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Physical Activity is important to middle childhood (6 – 10 year olds) because it gives them good self esteem and looks after their holistic health. It teaches our children to make healthy choices with food and to exercise from an early age. As a teacher it is important to role model so children know what is expected of them. In the body of this essay I will talk about why physical activity is important in the middle childhood age and what my role as a teacher is in preventing and addressing obesity. Finally I will discuss ways a teacher could assist in preventing and or addressing obesity.
For middle childhood (6 -10 year olds) physical activity is important for their holistic health and...
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Public Speaking 230 Informative I. College students are not eating the proper foods or the recommended daily allowances even though they believe they are eating healthy.A. Illustration Suzanne- Started nibbling on potato chips between meals and late at night.- To keep up with studies, she cut back on swimming.- She would prepare her self by eating what she thought was healthy, granola bar or a frozen yogurt.- Larger breakfast- orange juice, bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, toast with butter and jam, and black coffee instead of fruit juice, cereal, and skin milk she had always ate at home.- By dinnertime she was starved, she loved fried chicken and a helping or two from the salad bar...
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Eating disorders are psychological problems marked by an obsession with food and weight. There are four general categories of eating disorders these are; Anorexia nervosa, Binge eating and Bulimia nervosa. However this disorder affects individuals of various age groups; it has become more popular among teenagers these days. For the purpose of this research plan the writer will focus on age group of ages 15 to 19 because teenagers most vulnerable to eating disorders fall into this age group. Moreover, in doing so it will also be possible to determine the significance of this research and apply it to today’s lifestyle. Anorexia is a medical condition in which youngsters,...
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Everyone has experienced the late night movie marathon, the extensive studying prior to final exams, and the staying up all night letting the mind wander. These one night, every once in a while habits can become routine if not monitored by the individual. Sleep is essential to one’s overall well-being and the consequences to not receiving adequate sleep is extensive. These occasional habits occur more often than one would believe. Studies from HealthyPeople.gov and CDC.gov have shown a significant increase in negative sleep habits resulting in injury. In a study directed by healthypeople.gov, nearly 25 percent of all U.S. adults reported to have insufficient sleep patterns approximately 15...
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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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Nutrition and Fitness play different roles in American's lives. According to Healthy People 2010 54% of Americans are not regularly active, 15% are not active at all. Americans consume too many calories, often in the form of added sugars and fats, but too few vitamins and minerals, in part because the intake of fruits, vegetables, and milk products is relatively low. (Insel & Roth. 2008 p.367) There is a number of health risks associated with obesity. According to WebMD.com "Obesity is not just a cosmetic problem, it's a health hazard. Someone who is 40% overweight is twice as likely to die prematurely as is an average-weight person. This is because obesity has been linked to several...
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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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"Eleven million women and one million men suffer from eating disorders" (Mosley 29), and "at least nine out of ten eating disorder sufferers are female" (Sohn 46). The causes of all these people having these issues vary from their own self image to others telling them that they are overweight. Males and females all over the United States have struggled with body image throughout their lives. The messages on television and in magazines aimed at all ages make it seem that society only accepts slender builds, causing many to do drastic things such as throw up what they are eating or else not eat at all.There are many solutions, however, to the growing problem of eating disorders. Author Benita...
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Obesity has risen over the years. The United States now has one of the highest obesity rates. Bad eating habits are usually the cause of this pandemic. For the past few decades, college dorm foods have led to these habits. The more unhealthy food choices are, the harder it is for people to resist these foods. Colleges serve a variety of unhealthy food in their dining halls that contributes to students’ lower GPA. By eating healthier, students can maintain a healthy weight, focus better in school, and increase their school performance to a higher grade point average (GPA).
Thousands of college students eat more than one meal in the dining hall each day. In most colleges, such as UC Berkeley...