Childhood Obesity : A Modern Day Health Issue Essay

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Childhood obesity is a modern day health issue that has received a lot of attention in recent years. Despite the issue’s well-acknowledged morbidities, the rates of childhood obesity continue to climb (Hawkins, 2015, p. 4). Health care professionals, community leaders, government agencies, and parents have become concerned that today’s obese children will turn into tomorrow’s obese adults with the burdens correlated with obesity, including chronic illness and healthcare costs. In response to the rising rates of children within our Moffett community that are obese, we have designed a program directed at educating school-aged children on making healthy choices in hope of discontinuing the recurrent increase of rates. Analysis of Data As we identify the characteristics of this urban community, Moffett, (predominantly mid-to-low income African American and Caucasian families), it is important to address the issue of childhood obesity. Over the past ten years, the number of overweight and obese individuals in this community has increased from twenty-two percent (five percent obese, seventeen percent overweight) to sixty-two percent (twenty-two percent obese, forty percent overweight). In order to decrease their chances of becoming overweight or obese, we want the participants (five to eighteen year olds) to gain an understanding how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Current thinking considers a body mass index above the ninety-fifth percentile but the complexity of the problem
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