Essay On Low Income Children

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Obesity Rates in Low-Income Children Community and Global Health, NUR 355 University of Maine, Augusta Erica M. Merrell

Obesity Rates in Low-Income Children All Americans are at risk of developing obesity, with an obesity rate of 36.5% of the population (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017). The increase of obesity in the United States has led to the development of other costly comorbidities, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even some types of cancer, and therefore should be avoided at all costs (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017). Although all groups are at risk for obesity, vulnerable populations such as low-income children, face
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Factors that attribute to the obesity crisis include increased consumption of sugary sodas, high-fat and high-calorie foods, an increase in sedentary activities, inadequate and poorly implemented physical education programs in schools, and unhealthy food options in the school systems (National Institute for Health Care Management, 2017). Children in low-income communities also have fewer resources, such as recreational programs or parks, and less access to full-service grocery stores, which has a significant impact on America’s rising childhood obesity rate (University of Michigan Health System, 2016). Food deserts are areas within the United States that do not have sufficient amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy whole foods, lack farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers (American Nutrition Association, 2012). The population most impacted by such food deserts are the impoverished, and their only solution to obtain food is through the purchase of food at convenience stores. The food that is often available at such facilities includes sugary, high-fat, and high-calorie foods, all leading to the obesity epidemic (American Nutrition Association, 2012). Inequity of education also has a significant impact on the future health of children. Studies have shown that low-income children are more likely to drop out of school, leading to increased likelihood of health risks, such
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