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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 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 nutr*****ional disease among youth in ***** United States." (Lowry, Wechsler, Galuska, Fulton, & Kann, 2002, pg. 1)

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

Though his*****rically defining ***** among children has been a ch*****llenge, using growth charts ***** mean body fat density ratios ***** been a tool. For this work the definition will be governed by a gener*****l percentage rule. "A weight that exceeds ideal body weight by 20% defines childhood obesity. More than one fourth of children in ***** United ***** are considered cl*****ically obese." (Sothern, Hunter, Suskind, Brown, Udall, Blecker, 1999, pg. 577) Factors associated with risk ***** obesity are 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.

***** study will focus on the problems and soluti*****s as they associate to issue ***** obesity in children with spec*****ic emphasis on the grow*****g Hispanic ethnic minority population. ***** increased ***** based solely on ***** isolated issue of ethnicity and the growth rate of ***** ethnic *****, (mostly Latinos of Mexican decent) especially in California race must be considered as one of ***** most important of all factors associated with risk for obesity and ***** its ***** consequences. One cultural aspect, being the overall acceptance or ***** perception by certain cultures of overweight as healthy. (Maynard, Galuska, Blanck, Serdula, 2003, pgs 1-17)

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


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