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

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

***** historically defining obesity among children has been a challenge, using growth charts ***** mean ***** 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 ***** one fourth of children in ***** United ***** are considered clinically obese." (Sothern, Hunter, Suskind, Brown, Udall, Blecker, 1999, pg. 577) Factors associated with risk ***** 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.

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

Though race can certainly not be altered, factors especially signifi*****t 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 ***** challenges ***** by Latino American youth are many but obesity is clearly more *****, dangerous and deadly than gang violence. "***** ***** the most widespread and severe nutritional problem of children in ***** ***** States, with prevalence *****s that vary greatly by ethnic group. Rates are generally *****est for *****...*****." (Crawdford, Story, Wang,


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