Childhood Obesity Essay

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Childhood Obesity HCS/457 June 18, 2014 Rachaline Napier Childhood Obesity In Oswego county, our community has had a problem that most of the world is experiencing over the last decade. An individual is overweight if their BMI- Body Mass Index is between 25.0- 29.9, and obese if the BMI is greater than 30.0. While we have had an issue with obesity over the past 30 years in our community, the rise in childhood obesity has become an epidemic. Since the 1980's Oswego County has seen the obesity rate of children nearly triple. Obesity has increased substantially and now an alarming 38% of our children are considered obese. This rate is the highest of any county in the state of New York. Socioeconomically, Oswego County experienced difficulties, such as high unemployment rate, high poverty rate, and low education attaining rate, as the global economy changed in the past decade. Obesity and overweight are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and threaten to overtake tobacco use as the single most preventable cause of premature death. According to the Institute of Medicine, if action is not taken to reverse the obesity and overweight trend, this generation runs the risk of being the first generation that does not have a longer lifespan than their parents. At the core of the obesity and overweight problem is that citizens consume excess calories through food and drink then they are able to burn off through physical activity. Must residents have access to healthy affordable foods, safe places to walk and play, are exposed to less advertising promoting unhealthy foods; workplaces and schools that encourage and promote healthy behaviors. Having health care providers who are willing to engage their patients in discussions about attaining and maintaining a healthy weight. Currently, 67.9% of Oswego County adults are overweight or obese, with

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