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IntroductionAfter tobacco the second largest health disease which causing a death with a very high rate is yet increasing rapidly in the United States 127 million of the people including of every age out of which 6 million of the people were suffering from a minor obese and remaining from the major or severe obese.DiscussionAccording to the eyes of AOA (American Obesity Association), Suffering people from the...
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Research Paper Obesity in Children Today, United States is facing many health related problems like breast cancer, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and others. Among this obesity is one of the most serious health problems facing the youth of United States and evidence shows that the problem is getting worse. Childhood obesity represents a threat to the health of the U.S. population that must be considered equal to that presented by AIDS and teen pregnancy.Obesity is defined as increase in body weight...
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The similar characteristics between overweight and obese people often cause misinterpretation of their definitions. According to the Weight-Control Information Network (NIDDK), being overweight means having extra body mass as compared to defined weight standards while obesity refers to having an abnormally high ratio of fat to muscle. Mathematically, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) classifies obesity by using the Body...
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Obesity is not just a matter of moral decision-making.Our Society today stresses thinness upon all of us. Thin means power, attractiveness, money, and men. While society states that thin is in, reality states that more and more people in the United States are overweight and even obese. The facts show that sixty one percent of US adults are overweight and thirteen percent of US children are seriously overweight. Is obesity a matter of moral decision-making? It has been said and branded into our minds that obesity is cause by overeating...
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September 21, 2008Axia University of PhoenixObesity has become and epidemic in American society .The Unites States has even been termed an overweight nation. Some twenty to thirty percent of American adults are now considered obese (Hwang 1999 and Hirsch et al 1997). With this in mind, Americans constantly look around themselves determining their weight status as well as that of those around them. While some Americans do fit the healthy category, others enter the underweight, overweight, and even obese categories, all of which can be unhealthy. It is marked by body weight being more than thirty percent fat. Obese individuals constitute nearly thirty percent of the population. They are...
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Disease is very difficult to define, because many diseases are multifunctional in both their symptoms and how someone comes about developing such diseases. Diseases that are fatal or disfiguring are easily defined as disease, but diseases that in between the physical and psychological are not quite as easy. Obesity is a disease because it not only falls under the criteria of disease, but is comparable to many disordered that can considered diseases.Physical disease is when the body is physically unable to function. An example of a physical disease would be Cerebral Palsy. This is a disease that is thought to be...
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OBESITYObesity is a condition in which a person's weight is more than 20% higher than what is recommended for their height. It occurs when there is an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure. In other words, you consume more calories than you can use in your daily activities. Lipids are a major cause of obesity and can be found in foods such as margarine, cream, whole milk, eggs and avocadoes. Foods containing fats and lipids are a dense source of fuel, as 1 gram provides 37 kilojoules of energy. Because of this, it is important to eat fatty foods, such as
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America has become a society obsessed with appearance, especially weight. We are conditionedat a young age to believe the only way to be normal is to be thin. This norm is projected to millions ofAmericans each day through television, magazines, billboards and every other form of media andadvertising. How are people to know acceptance and happiness with themselves and others whenour culture propagates what the perfect body should be.It is the search for the elusive, perfect body that has created a thirty-three billion dollars a yearweight loss industry. Yet few reduce their body fat and even fewer maintain their weight loss beyondtwo to...
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Samuel Klein of the Daily News, in his article, Medical Approaches to Weight Reduction, explains obesity has become an American epidemic. Samuel Klein expounds that there are many solutions of how a person should lose weight. He explains further," First you have to learn about the patients physical, psychological, and emotional situations." "There are numerous approaches for weight reduction", the doctor clarifies.These approaches are dieting behavior modification, exercise, and drug therapy....
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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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Obesity is one of the leading causes of death in the world; in fact, it is responsible for 300,000 adolescent deaths each year. From 1980 to 2000 alone, teen obesity rates went up 10 percent. Although obesity does not seem like a big dilemma, it is a problem that’s growing every year, affecting children and their lives. Teenage obesity can result from many factors and prove hazardous to a person’s health, yet it is controllable with proper treatment and care.
Although there are many cases of teen obesity, not all of them are related. There are numerous origins behind being overweight. One of them is emotional difficulty. People who are overweight, especially females, tend to have very low...
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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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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...
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running head: child obesity�childhood 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...
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CHILD OBESITY�Child ObesityObesity is a situation that influences more than one-quarter of adults and one out of five children according to the American Obesity Association (AOA). The special effects of obesity are sickness, decease, disabilities and morbidity. This disease does not receive the notice that it ought to have from the government and insurance companies. United States spends billions of dollars on healthcare and well being every year. Yet, obesity is on the rise. An estimated 70 to 74% of our US veterans are either overweight or obese. Obesity has been named the nation's leading cause of preventable death (Das, 2005). The US Surgeon General issued...
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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...
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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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Obesity is defined as an abnormal accumulation of body fat, usually 20% or more over an individual's ideal body weight (Ford-Martin, 2003). Not long ago, obesity was revered as a sign of wealth. But in the 1900s, the ideal body type began to get thinner. The impact was felt primarily on woman and somehow their success in life became linked to how thin they were. Science is now grasping the fact that biology plays a major role in body weight. Weight control is a huge medical problem in the U.S. (Powell, 2001). About half of the people in U.S. are overweight and one third are clinically obese (Powell, 2001). Obesity...
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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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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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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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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 United States is known world wide for being the land of opportunity and happiness. In the 'land of opportunity', why is it that the people are so overly concerned with everything in their lives that they apparently do not take care of their precious bodies? Why does the wealthiest country in the world act so carelessly when it comes to healthy eating and staying fit?The United States of America has an obesity rate of 65%, which is 22% higher than the rest of the world (Jamison). This striking statistic is mainly due to the overall way of life of Americans compared to the less spoiled countries around...
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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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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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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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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 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...
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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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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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Why the prevalence of childhood obesity has increased in the United States? In the past decades the obesity in children has increased at alarming rates. Studies show that almost 25 % of the youth are considered to be obese; this percentage has double comparing it with the one 30 years ago. It is a problem that affects all of us, but specially Hispanics-Americans, African-Americans and American-Natives.One of its major causes is the poor eating habits. My family has been affected terribly by the obesity, basically for...
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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 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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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The answer can be found in obese people. Obesity has always existed in humans. The question has been rather if it is genetic or if it is a person's lifestyle choices. Obesity has affected my friends, family, and at times myself and even when people make the right health choices they still seem to struggle with it. Millions of people battle with obesity and it is imperative to find the root cause of it. We are aware that our genetic makeup determines our traits and contributes to our health. So is obesity a genetic predisposition or is it a result of processed foods and lack of exercise? There are certainly environmental factors in obesity but overall it is genetic.
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Obesity rates are soaring throughout North America (What Is Obesity?, 2013). With obesity reaching almost epidemic proportions in the United States, and the threat of a global epidemic, we must watch this alarming increase carefully ( Health Risks of Obesity, 2013). Obesity is defined as: "…an excess of adipose tissue…" (A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014). The two most common measures of obesity are Body Mass Index (BMI is a ratio of weight to height) and relative weight index, such as percent desirable weight (Body Mass Index , 2013). BMI is the most frequently used measure of obesity as it has a strong correlation with more direct measures of adiposity, such as underwater...
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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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Diagnosing obesity can be a problematic task due to the various factors that need to be taken into consideration. To date, there is no technique consistently available in clinical practice that can accurately calculate the amount of fat accumulated in an individual’s body. Before the numerous advancements of healthcare, obesity was initially assessed by anthropometric measurements, such as weight-for-height, skinfold thickness, and waist circumferences. Specifically, waist circumferences that were more than 1020 mm for men and above 880 mm for women were considered at risk for being obese (Pi-Sunyer, 2000). In more recent times, body mass index (BMI) has become the “golden standard” for...
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Today, more than ever before, Americans are bursting at their seams. This may sound funny to some, but it is far from humorous. Obesity engulfed my body at the young age of twenty-five, as I topped the scales at a whopping three hundred pounds. At this point, I could no longer fit into average-sized clothing, but more importantly I could barely breathe. I napped most of the day, yet never felt rested. My blood pressure was elevated, as well as my lipids. As a brand new nurse, I knew something had to shift. I decided to embark on a life-long journey towards health and wellness. I became a vegan, joined a gym and ever so slowly put...