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Childhood Obesity as a Social Issue
A discussion on the rising incidence of obesity in children and what can be done to combat this serious problem.
# 153359 | 1,202 words | 6 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper discusses childhood obesity as a medical and physical condition that has become transformed into a social issue in the American socio-medical landscape. The paper explores the personal and social factors that are to blame for the increased prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents and then identifies intervention programs that have been proven to be effective. The paper describes these programs and looks at how they have been successful in improving the physical health of children and adolescents and decreasing childhood obesity. The paper argues that prevention and treatment measures for childhood obesity must be developed to address this medical and social problem.

Childhood Obesity: A Medical and Social Issue in the US
Factors Influencing the Prevalence of Childhood Obesity in the US
Known Prevention and Treatment for Childhood Obesity

From the Paper:

"Childhood obesity as a medical issue has been an ongoing interest not only among medical practitioners, but also among psychologists and academic researchers alike. As early as the 1960s, health and medical researchers have already hypothesized that the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease later in life could begin early in life as child, escalating (worsening) over the years as the individual reaches adulthood. In a longitudinal study of American Indians from 1996-2003, it was found that 29% of children diagnosed as obese have higher incidence of suffering a premature death, or death caused by "endogenous causes" such as high glucose level, cholesterol level, or blood pressure (Franks et. al., 2010, 488). This finding illustrates the link between obesity and premature death, specifically, how endogenous causes such as high glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels are indicators of one's susceptibility and probability of suffering from a cardiovascular disease and premature death in his/her adult years.
"Findings from Franks' (2010) study is furthered by Christakis (2007), who also explored the incidence of obesity from childhood to adulthood; only this time, the author also looked deeper into this medical issue and dimensionalized childhood obesity as a social issue as well. The evolution of childhood obesity as a social phenomenon and issue is reflected in Christakis' hypothesis that incidence of obesity among individuals increases within their respective social networks by as much as 40% (375-6)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andrews, K., K. Silk and I. Eneli. (2010). "Parents as Health Promoters: A Theory of Planned Behavior Perspective on the Prevention of Childhood Obesity." Journal of Health Communication, (15), 95-107.
  • Bromfield, P. (2009). "Childhood obesity: psychosocial outcomes and the role of weight bias and stigma." Educational Psychology in Practice, (25) 3, 193-209.
  • Christakis, N. and J. Fowler. (2007). "The Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network over 32 Years." The New England Journal of Medicine, (357), 370-9.
  • Chu, N. (2010). "Strategies for Prevention and Treatment of Obesity Among Children in Taiwan." Research in Sports Medicine, (18), 37-48.
  • Franks, P., R. Hanson, and W. Knowler. (2010). "Childhood Obesity, Other Cardiovascular Risk Factors, and Premature Death." The New England Journal of Medicine, (362) 6, 485-493.

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