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Childhood Obesity


One of the most significant health problems seen in the United States is obesity. With***** this dynamic there are particular issues of special concern for the health c***** 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, *****. 497-504) "Childhood obesity has more than doubled over the past 20 years, and it represents the most prevalent nutritional disease among youth in ***** ***** States." (Lowry, Wechsler, Galuska, Fulton, & Kann, 2002, pg. 1)

Though there are many other ***** faced by the ***** of America today the press on violence and relatively r***** 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 ***** overzealous and unrealistic body images ***** adults ***** young adults, as represented by the racially biased television and o*****r media or through crazed ***** frenetic diet options offered as if doctrine to countless seekers of unrealistic goals. What children and adults alike learn from these views is decreased self-esteem and possibly after enough tries at unrealistic *****ing, learned helplessness. (Davison & Birch, 2001, *****. 159)

***** historically defining obesity among children ***** been a challenge, using growth charts ***** mean body fat density ratios has 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 ***** one fourth of children in ***** United ***** are considered clinically obese." (Sothern, Hunter, Suskind, Brown, Udall, Blecker, 1999, pg. 577) Factors associated with risk ***** obesity are many, ***** them, dietary intake, level ***** 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 ***** solutions as they associate to issue of ***** in children with specific emphasis on the growing Hispanic ethnic minority population. ***** increased risk based solely on the isolated issue ***** ethnicity and ***** growth rate of this ethnic *****, (mostly Latinos of Mexican decent) especially in California race must be considered as ***** of the most important of all factors ***** ***** ***** for obesity and ***** its ***** consequences. One cultural aspect, being the overall acceptance or the perception by certain cultures of over***** as healthy. (Maynard, Galuska, Blanck, Serdula, *****03, pgs 1-17)

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


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