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Childhood Obesity


***** of the most significant health problems seen in the United States is obesity. Within th***** dynamic there are particular issues of special concern for the health care industry and society in general, most notably the exponential increase in obesity found among children. (Strauss, Pollack, 2001, pgs. 2845-2848) and (Troiano, Flegel, 1998, pgs. 497-504) "Childhood obesity has more than doubled over the past 20 years, and it represents the most prevalent nutritional disease among youth ***** the United States." (Lowry, Wechsler, Galuska, Fulton, & Kann, 2002, pg. 1)

***** there are many other problems faced by the ***** of America today ***** press on violence and relatively rare though increasing incidences ***** it far outweighs the press on the issue of childhood obes*****y, a much more widespread and deadly problem. ***** is discussed through the *****zealous and unrealistic body images of adults and young adults, as represented by the racially biased television and ***** media or through crazed and frenetic diet options *****fered as if doctrine to countless seekers of unrealistic goals. What ***** and adults alike learn from *****se views is decreased self-esteem ***** possibly after enough tries at ***** *****ing, learned helplessness. (Davison & Birch, 2001, *****. 159)

***** historically defining obesity among children has been a ch*****llenge, using growth charts and mean body fat density ratios ***** been a tool. For this work the definition will be governed by a ***** percent*****ge rule. "A weight that exceeds ideal body weight by 20% defines childhood obesity. More than one fourth of children in the United States are considered cl*****ically obese." (Sothern, Hunter, Suskind, Brown, Udall, Blecker, 1999, pg. 577) Factors associated with risk for obesity ***** many, ***** them, dietary intake, level of sedentary behavior vs. high physical activity, self-esteem, socioeconomic status, gender, insurance status and last but certainly not least race and ethnicity.

This study ***** focus on the problems and soluti*****s as they associate to issue of ***** in children with specific emphasis on the grow*****g Hispanic ethnic minority population. With increased risk based solely on ***** isolated issue of ethnicity and the growth rate of this ethnic minority, (mostly Latinos of Mexican decent) especially in California race must be considered as one of ***** most important of all factors associated ***** ***** for obesity and ***** its ***** consequences. One cultural aspect, being the overall acceptance or the perception by certain cultures of overweight as healthy. (Maynard, Galuska, Blanck, Serdula, *****03, pgs 1-17)

Though race can certainly not be altered, factors especially ***** to racial minorities must be addressed carefully and solutions must include interventions that are navigable for those at greatest risk. Be it physical or environmental the challenges faced by Latino ********** youth are many but ***** is clearly more prevalent, dangerous and ***** than gang violence. "Obesity ***** the most ***** and severe nutritional problem of children in the ***** States, with prevalence *****s that vary greatly by ethnic group. Rates ***** generally *****est for *****...children." (Crawd*****d, Story, Wang,


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