Essay On Obesity Among Children

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Summary With increasing developments in technology and activities involving sedentary behaviour, childhood obesity levels are on the rise as physical activity among children decreases. In conjunction to this, unhealthy foods and beverages are much cheaper than healthy alternatives and advertising for them is heavily aimed at children. Therefore, my aim is to reduce the rates of obesity among children in New Zealand. Introduction Obesity among children is a growing problem within New Zealand and it needs to be addressed as around 80% of obese children will become obese adults (1) so in order to improve future populations and reduce the possibility of even greater rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes, it is essential to set…show more content…
This programme will be intended for children in Dunedin schools in years 5-6 (ages 9-10). Upstream - Downstream analysis Upstream Government -> Policies influencing food environments (e.g. national dietary guidelines, food prices), funding (e.g. which programmes they’re funding in relation to children's health and wellbeing). Socio-Cultural norms -> This includes social norms (e.g. if it is normal for children to eat unhealthy snacks while watching TV after school then most children will be doing that), traditions and culture (i.e. beliefs that stick as they are passed down through generations such as: ‘the bigger the child, the healthier the child’, and ‘it is baby fat that the child will grow out of’) (7). Media depictions -> High levels of marketing of unhealthy food and sugary beverages aimed at children. Socio-economic status (SES) -> In developed countries, individuals with lower SES are more vulnerable to childhood obesity due to poorer diets and decreased levels of physical activity, whereas in developing countries, individuals who are more at risk are those with a higher SES due to their Western type of lifestyle (7). Cost of health eating -> When bad foods are cheaper than healthier foods, a barrier is created for families in providing nutritionally adequate meals for children (8). School environment -> Levels of physical activity and sports, foods provided in canteens, nutrition education. Family lifestyle -> This is a
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