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Childhood Obesity


One 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, pgs. 497-504) "Childhood obesity has more than doubled over the past 20 years, and it represents the most prevalent nutritional disease among youth in ***** United States." (Lowry, Wechsler, Galuska, Fulton, & Kann, 2002, pg. 1)

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

***** his*****rically defining obesity among children has been a challenge, 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 States 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 ***** soluti*****s as they associate to issue of obesity in children with specific emphasis on the grow*****g Hispanic ethnic minority population. With increased risk based solely on ***** isolated issue ***** ethnicity and the growth rate of this ethnic *****, (mostly Latinos of Mexican decent) especially in California race must be considered as ***** of the most important of all fac*****rs ***** with risk for obesity and ***** its ***** consequences. One cultural aspect, being ***** overall acceptance or the perception by certain cultures of overweight as healthy. (Maynard, Galuska, Blanck, Serdula, 2003, pgs 1-17)

Though race can certainly not be altered, factors especially significant 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 ***** ***** Latino American youth are ***** but obesity is clearly more *****, dangerous and deadly than gang violence. "Obesity is the most widespread and severe nutritional problem of children in the ***** States, with prevalence rates that vary greatly by ethnic group. Rates ***** generally highest for Hispanic...*****." (Crawd*****d, Story, Wang,


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