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Childhood Obesity


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

Though there 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 obesity, a much more widespread and deadly problem. Obesity is discussed through ***** *****zealous and unrealistic body images of adults and young adults, as represented by the racially biased television and ***** media or through crazed ***** frenetic diet options *****fered as if doctrine to countless seekers of unrealistic goals. What ***** and ***** alike learn from *****se views is decreased self-esteem ***** possibly after enough tries at unrealistic dieting, learned helplessness. (Davison & Birch, 2001, *****. 159)

Though historically defining ***** among children has been a challenge, using growth charts and mean body fat density ratios has 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 ***** sedentary behavior vs. high physical activity, self-esteem, socioeconomic status, gender, insurance status and last but certainly not least race and ethnicity.

This 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 ***** based solely on the isolated issue of ethnicity and the growth rate of this ethnic *****, (mostly Latinos of Mexican decent) especially in California race must be considered as one of ***** most important of all fac*****rs associated with risk for obesity and ***** its health consequences. One cultural aspect, being the overall acceptance or the perception by certain cultures of overweight as healthy. (Maynard, Galuska, Blanck, Serdula, 2003, pgs 1-17)

Though race can ***** not be altered, factors especially ***** to racial minorities must be addressed carefully and ***** must include interventions ***** are navigable for those at greatest risk. Be it physical or environmental ***** challenges faced ***** Latino *****merican youth are many but obesity is clearly more prevalent, dangerous and deadly than gang violence. "***** ***** 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 *****...*****." (Crawdford, S*****ry, Wang,


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