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Childhood Obesity


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

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

Though historically defining obesity among children ***** been a ch*****llenge, using growth charts ***** mean body fat density ratios has 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 the United ***** are considered cl*****ically obese." (Sothern, Hunter, Suskind, Brown, Udall, Blecker, 1999, pg. 577) Factors associated with risk ***** obesity are 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 will focus on the problems ***** solutions as they associate to issue of obesity in children with spec*****ic emphasis on the growing Hispanic ethnic minority population. With increased risk based solely on the isolated issue ***** ethnicity and ***** growth rate of this ethnic minority, (mostly Latinos of Mexican decent) e*****ly in California race must be considered as ***** of the most important of all factors associated with risk for obesity and all its health consequences. One cultural aspect, being ***** over***** acceptance or the perception by certain cultures of overweight as **********. (Maynard, Galuska, Blanck, Serdula, 2003, pgs 1-17)

***** race can ***** not be altered, factors especially ***** to racial minorities must be addressed carefully and solutions must include interventions ***** are navigable for those at greatest *****. Be it physical or environmental the challenges faced by Latino American youth are ***** but obesity is clearly more *****, dangerous and ***** than gang *****. "***** is the most ***** and severe nutritional problem of children in ***** United States, with prevalence rates that vary greatly by ethnic group. Rates are generally *****est for *****...children." (Crawdford, S*****ry, Wang,


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