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Childhood Obesity

Introduction

One of the most significant health problems seen in the United States is obesity. With***** 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, ***** it represents the most prevalent nutritional disease among youth ***** the United States." (Lowry, Wechsler, Galuska, Fulton, & Kann, 2002, pg. 1)

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

***** his*****rically defining obesity among children ***** been a ch*****llenge, using growth charts ***** mean ***** fat density ratios has been a tool. For this work the definition will be governed by a general percentage 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 clinically obese." (Sothern, Hunter, Suskind, Brown, Udall, Blecker, 1999, pg. 577) Factors associated with risk ***** obesity are many, among 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 and soluti*****s as they associate to issue of obesity in children with specific emphasis on the grow*****g Hispanic ethnic minority population. ***** increased risk based solely on the isolated issue ***** ethnicity and the growth rate of ***** ethnic *****, (mostly Latinos of Mexican decent) especially in California race must be considered as ***** of ***** most important of all factors associated ***** ***** for obesity and all its ***** consequences. One cultural aspect, being the over***** 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 ***** to racial minorities ***** be addressed carefully and solutions must include interventions ***** are navigable for those at greatest risk. Be it physical or environmental the challenges faced ***** Latino *************** youth are ***** but obesity is clearly more prevalent, dangerous and ***** than gang *****. "Obesity ***** the most widespread and severe nutritional problem of children in ***** ***** States, with prevalence rates that vary greatly by ethnic group. Rates are generally highest for *****...children." (Crawdford, Story, Wang,

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