Introduction One of the most challenging community and public health issues facing the United States today is childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the past thirty years overweight children in the US have more than double in children and tripled in adolescents (“Childhood obesity facts”, 2013). The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced similar concerns and reported nearly one third of children and adolescents are overweight, and committed to an $8 million dollar commitment aimed at reversing this epidemic by 2015. The Healthy People 2020 objectives have shown convincing science supporting a healthy and nutritional diet lifestyle. These objectives are focusing on the health risk
The economic cost of supporting and increasingly overweight population with more diseases is another concern (U.S. obesity). Childhood obesity has not only prominent immediate effects but dangerous long-terms effects on children’s health and wellbeing. The effected children can more likely to have risk factor, cardiovascular disease, such a high cholesterol and high blood pressure. In a population based sample of 5 to 17 years old, 70% of obese youth had one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. (Journal of Pediatrics,
Children whose brothers or sisters were obese also had higher tendencies to be overweight. With those in the 95% confidence interval being above the p value of .05 or .01 level, it shows the factors and results are statistically significant. (Rooney, Mathiason, & Schauberger, 2010) With obesity among children and adolescents at such high rates, it was a good study to find out any contributing factors that might be able to be changed. If you could change some of the contributing factors there would hopefully be a reduction in
[A Proposal for Childhood Obesity] [A Proposal for Childhood Obesity ] Natalie Caley [English 122] Childhood obesity and how we got there is the topic of interest. “Obesity is defined has having excess body fat (cdc.gov). And “over weight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water or a combination of these factors.”(cdc.gov). Childhood obesity is on the rise it has more than tripled in last thirty years. Childhood has both long and short term effect on one’s body and mental wellbeing.
Adolescents Obesity and Intervention Strategy Adolescents Obesity Intervention and Prevention Strategy According to Schwarz and Peterson (2010) “adolescents’ obesity in the United States has many important implications for both the health and well-being of the individual and society.” The negative health consequences of obesity include many diseases, chronic health disorders, psychological disorders, and early death. This contributes to billions of dollars of health care costs each year. The healthcare costs due to the adolescent obesity rate are estimated at more than $14 billion per year. The direct and indirect cost totals more than $140 billion dollars annually. The United States spends six to 10 percent of healthcare on costs caused by obesity compared to 2 to 3.5 percent in other western countries (Schwarz & Peterson, 2010).
Social Health Inequality: Children Obesity The last few decades have seen a considerable rise in the rates and prevalence of childhood obesity. An increased amount of data over the years has linked the pandemic to those facing poverty and social inequity, thus making those from lower socio-economic classes more at risk of developing obesity from a very young age. According to what was presented in class, the incidence of obesity in pediatric population is in the range of 5-25%. Numerous factors determine this incidence, including age, sex, socioeconomic group, ethnic group, geographical location, and method of measuring obesity. The longer a child has been obese, the less likely it is that the problem will spontaneously resolve.
Childhood Obesity Kristy Unkel Walden University Childhood obesity is a serious chronic medical condition that affects millions of children in our country. It is a rapidly growing public health concern in the United States. As obese children grow into adulthood, their risk for health problems such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension also grows (“Overweight and obesity”, n.d.). Obesity is a difficult disease to manage since obese children are “predisposed to obesity for the rest of their lives” (“Overweight and obesity”, n.d.). According to the surgeon general, in the year 2000, “the total annual cost of obesity and complications in the United States was $117 billion and more than 300,000 Americans died from illnesses related to obesity” (“Overweight and obesity”, n.d.).
It has been said that obesity will even surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in America. Children are also at risk of becoming overweight or obese. The total amount of people that eat fast food on a daily basis is a frightening, one in four Americans. McDonalds alone represents a total of forty-three percent of the total United States fast food market. Spurlock’s health prior to eating an all McDonalds’ meal for thirty days was above average.