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Childhood Obesity


***** of the most significant health problems seen in ***** United States is obesity. Within 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, *****. 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)

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

***** his*****rically defining obesity among children ***** been a ch*****llenge, using growth charts and mean body fat density ratios has been a tool. For this work the definition will be governed by a ***** 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 growing Hispanic ethnic minority population. With increased risk based solely on ***** isolated issue of ethnicity and the growth rate of ***** ethnic minority, (mostly Latinos of Mexican decent) especially in California race must be considered as one of ***** most important of all factors associated ***** risk for obesity and all its health 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 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 ***** ***** Latino American youth are ***** but o*****sity is clearly more prevalent, dangerous and ***** than gang *****. "Obesity is the most widespread and severe nutritional problem of children in ***** United States, with prevalence *****s that vary greatly by ethnic group. Rates ***** generally highest for *****...children." (Crawdford, Story, Wang,


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