Childhood Obesity : A Leading Public Health Problem Essay

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Child obesity has become a leading public health problem in the United States. It requires attention and awareness from the health care providers. It is known from the universal media that the rate of adolescent obesity has been increasing over the years. According to Seal and Broome, "Over the past three decades the proportion of overweight children has doubled among 2- to 5-year-olds and tripled among 6- to 19-year-olds"(1). Obesity in children and teenagers has been found to play a role in the serious health risks such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, disability, mental health problems, premature deaths, some cancer, and type 2 diabetes, which have negatively affected the health care system in the United States. Obese teenagers are more likely to have psychosocial problems which deal with self-esteem, social isolation, mental issues, and depression (Seal and Broome 4). As a result of serious health risk, the psychological and social effect of childhood obesity, scholars are finding effective treatments and intervention to prevent obesity. Over the past 25 years, childhood obesity has become the center of attention for research. As a matter of fact, since 1980, there has been a significant number of intervention research have given details write up in the literature and more than 20 meta-analyses studies on prevention have been published between 1980 and 2009. (Seal and Broome 9) The scholars did studies about obesity with the focus on weight, body mass
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