Social Health Inequality: Children Obesity

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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 is a multi-dimensional disorder requiring dieting, exercise, and behavioural modification as primary modes of intervention. Family patterns of exercise and eating play significant roles in the etiology and management of obesity in children. Why has excessive weight become such a problem for modern-day societies? Like many other maladies, weight problems are often associated with social standing and economic well-being. Children from lower socio-economic backgrounds are more at risk in becoming obese than those of higher socio-economic. Similarly, kids in isolated communities, especially in inner cities are at greater risk than those who live in the mainstream/suburban geographic areas. Families in communities that are poorer or socially or geographically isolated have a relatively poor access to healthy food, and often remain unaware or unable to access facilities with that provide opportunities for increased physical activity. Historical trends in childhood obesity clearly show that the increase in obesity parallels increases in family poverty and community disruption. The following scenario

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