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Addressing Childhood Obesity Sumera Goodman ENG 122 Sarah McDonald February 13, 2012 Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in our country. It is an important issue and should be taken very seriously, because of its staggering proportion that this threat has reached in the last three decades, changing the society of today, in the United States, resulting unhealthy, inactive younger generations. I have chosen this topic because I realize childhood obesity is a serious public health issue that can be classified as an epidemic. Another reason for choosing the topic is because I have been working with children for the past five years, and plan to continue my work with children in the future, as an elementary teacher. I consider this
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
9 Dec. 2013. Obesity prevention: Strategies to improve effectiveness and reduce harm. Bauer, Katherine W.; Haines, Jess; Neumark-Sztainer, Dianne Smolak, Linda (Ed); Thompson, J. Kevin (Ed), (2009). Body image, eating disorders, and obesity in youth: Assessment, prevention, and treatment. (2nd ed).
Many of the habits formed during this timeframe will last well into adulthood (Schwarz & Peterson, 2010). One out of every six adolescent is overweight and one out of every three is at risk. Since the 1980’s, the rate of overweight youth has steadily increased. Obesity rates vary by race/gender. For adolescents ages 12 to 19, non-Hispanic black girls and Mexican-American boys have the highest rates of obesity, 29.2 percent and 26.7 percent respectively.
America’s Issue Childhood Obesity America’s Issue Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity is becoming more and more of an issue that greatly effects the overall health of America’s youth. In almost every case the obesity follows the youth well into adulthood resulting in terrifying health conditions and even death. It is an ever growing issue amongst America’s youth and adult health. America is suffering from a heart disease epidemic that ranged in the medical cost of 273 billion dollars in 2010. The cost is expected to sky rocket well into the 800 billion dollar range by 2020.
What is Public Health? Retrieved from http://www.whatispublichealth.org/what/index.html Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). What are the consequences of overweight and obesity? Retrieve from http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/causes/index.html South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
An ancient secret that is now lost to mankind. She started eating healthy, less portions and exercising more. While my friend was getting thinner, an annual report put out by two public health groups shows that America is getting fatter. During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. According to a research done by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey,
The problem of childhood obesity in the United States has grown considerably in recent years. Between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese. If one parent is obese, there is a 50 percent chance that their children will also be obese. However, when both parents are obese, their children have an 80 percent chance of being obese (Obesity In Children and Teens par. 1).