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).
Yatin Patel Noel English 101-132 December 2, 2010 The Future of America is Fat Childhood obesity is quickly becoming a major crisis for children across the nation and around the world. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Approximately 300,000 deaths a year in this country are currently associated with overweight and obesity” (“Satcher”). Also, statistics from the article show that, “Obesity incidences among American children have dangerously climbed from 5% in the 1980s to 15.3% in 2000” (“Fighting”). Schools are partly to blame for childhood obesity because of the high-fat, high-calorie, and sugary food they serve. We have a crisis on our hands with childhood obesity on the rise.
Parents usually seek the easier route by picking up dinners which are super high in carbs and sodium, or rent movies to pacify the kids after school. These are horrible habits that unfortunately will continue to affect society. Being that we are role models to our kids we should implement better habits like healthy snacks, keep healthy foods in the fridge and pantry, always start the day with a healthy breakfast, meals with the family, chew slowly and enjoy the food. In conclusion, parents have the upper hand in shaping their children eating habits and exercise for a longer brighter future. We are role models, something that people seem to forget so let’s act like it and prevent cardiovascular diseases in children.
Advertising and Media’s Toll on Children in America Did you know that childhood obesity is growing at an alarming rate in the United States? All over the world, we hear terrible and heart wrenching stories of children starving and eventually dying an early death because of malnourishment. The U.S. is also experiencing serious health problems with young children caused by the opposite reason from the children in these third world countries. The children in America are becoming grossly and dangerously overweight. In the period from 1963 to 1970, four percent of children aged six to eleven years and five percent of adolescents aged twelve to nineteen were defined as being overweight.
This technique has been used for recent studies but now special efforts should be made in monitoring the social, behavioral, and environmental factors contributing to that elevated risk of obesity so patterns of behavior leading to obesity can be documented and addressed. Other improvements can be made in programs that educate the public and private sectors of our youth by teaching the importance of good nutrition and healthy snacks along with regular physical activity. Similarly, federal nutrition assistance programs, including the Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food Stamp Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children and Congress should request independent assessments of these assistance programs to ensure that each provides adequate access to healthful dietary choices for the populations served. Ideas include using special vouchers or coupons for purchasing fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain baked goods for those in need or sponsoring some sort of discount promotions and making it possible to use electronic benefit transfer cards at farmers' markets or community-supported agricultural markets. All the test programs that prove successful should be enforced and scaled up as quickly as possible.
Advertising and Its Effects on Childhood Obesity It has been said many times before that children are our future. One of the most alarming statistics about our future is the ever-alarming rate of obesity and overweight children in the United States. “Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%” (Childhood Obesity).
Chronic Disease Risk Assessment Essay I have recently taken the chronic disease risk assessment on our school website on diabetes. After completing the assessment and reading the assessment I was given some pretty good pointers about the situation we put our body in from bad eating habits. Diabetes being a high risk factors for anyone who is overweight or anyone who may have this terrible disease that has plagued people over the last few years. And I do mean plagued, it seems as obesity rises in percentages that so does diabetes. There are two different types of diabetes that the world population deals and suffers with.
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.
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
In addition, overweight and obese people are portrayed in a negative way in the media, including television and movies. Sociocultural influences on body image can lead to eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and even obesity if an overweight viewer does not feel that she or he are living up to the culturally desirable image. The end result is a serious psychological as well as health issue. While obesity among adults has doubled since 1980, overweight among adolescents has tripled. The United States Office of the Surgeon General (2001)