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Childhood Obesity

Introduction

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, ***** it represents the most prevalent nutritional disease among youth ***** ***** ***** States." (Lowry, Wechsler, Galuska, Fulton, & Kann, 2002, pg. 1)

Though there are many other problems faced by the youth of America today the press on violence and relatively rare though increasing incidences ***** it far outweighs the ***** on the issue of childhood obesity, a much more widespread and deadly problem. Obesity is discussed through the *****zealous and unrealistic body images ***** adults and 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 ***** and ***** alike learn from these views is decreased self-esteem and possibly after enough tries at unrealistic *****ing, learned helplessness. (Davison & Birch, 2001, pg. 159)

Though historically defining obesity among children has been a ch*****llenge, using growth charts and mean body fat density ratios ***** been a tool. For this work the definition will be governed by a ***** percent*****ge 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 for obesity ***** 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.

***** study will focus on the problems ***** solutions as they associate to issue of obesity in children with specific emphasis on the grow*****g Hispanic ethnic minority population. ***** increased ***** based solely on the isolated issue ***** ethnicity and ***** growth rate of this ethnic minority, (mostly Latinos of Mexican decent) especially in California race must be considered as ***** of the most important of all factors associated ***** risk for obesity and ***** its health consequences. One cultural aspect, being ***** overall acceptance or the perception by certain cultures of over***** as healthy. (Maynard, Galuska, Blanck, Serdula, *****03, ***** 1-17)

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

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