Term Paper: Obesity a Website for Current

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[. . .] The surveys will measure the percentage of students perceived to have a problem with overweight or obesity issues. Once that percentage has been ascertained, the students will be given the opportunity to participate in regular sessions that will instruct them on the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.

Creativity will be a must when attempting to instruct students. Some of the creative strategies that will be employed during the study will include providing samples of different types of foods that the students might not be experiencing in their homes. Samples can come from a variety of cultures and hopefully will also be presented by different students. The students can then discuss with their peers not only how the foods are prepared but the nutritional values of the foods as well. Parents will be invited to participate as well by presenting to the students traditions and values and how the food they prepare for their families adhere to those traditions. In addition, exercises will be presented to the groups of students by volunteer instructors who understand the importance of a balanced approach to fitness.

It is hoped that using this interactive approach to food and exercise will increase the student's knowledge and awareness to the importance of the program, while at the same time keeping the educational environment one of learning and fun.

It is also important to remember that students who may be afflicted with obesity and overweight issues might also be experiencing psychological problems. A 2009 study determined that as obesity treatments become multidimensional in aspect "the need for attention to psychosocial factors and the involvement of mental health providers increases" (Davin, Taylor, 2009, p. 716). The study also determined that the providers of health services should have a comprehensive understanding of obesity's physical, psychological and social basis in order to ensure proper assessment and treatment. In a group setting the psychological aspects are certainly forefront, complement that environment with a student environment (especially young students), and the overall importance of the psychological influences grows even stronger.

Another aspect of importance that the study seeks to address is the physical side of obesity. A recent 2010 study determined that "research evaluating the effect of child and adolescent obesity treatment trials on physical activity is limited in both quantity and quality" (Cliff, Okely, Morgan, Jones, Steele, 2010, p. 517). Since research is limited, this study will seek to take a new (or slightly less used) approach to enticing children into physical activities (especially those who may wish to participate but are reluctant to do so due to their weight problem). One approach that has not been used for children, but has been relatively successful for adults is a "biggest loser" approach. This study may implement a physical fitness aspect that will focus on those students who are incentivized by winning contests.

By ensuring a positive aspect to losing weight and focusing on who can achieve the most, it is hypothesized that children may be less reluctant to participate. Additional contests can be presented as well to those students who also wish to participate but do not have a weight problem. This contest can be geared towards who can become the "most fit" student in the participation group.

Partners and Resources

There are a number of partners and resources available to approach who may wish to provide funding and support for the study. The first institution that could be involved would be the U.S. Department of Education. With the recent onslaught of rules and regulations espoused by the President and his wife concerning what foods and diet the school lunch system provides, the Department of Education is likely scrambling for ideas on how to provide the necessary components. Additional resources include the state and local school systems that are compelled to follow guidelines published by the Department of Education.

There are also a myriad of private firms that are constantly seeking ways in which to market to schools and the captive students in the school systems. These firms could be approached to provide the equipment, supplies and manpower needed to complete the study, and continue further studies while providing opportunities for a fitness and diet program that will benefit not only the individual students, but society at large.


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