Obesity As A Health Issue Essay

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Introduction
Obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a health condition where weight is higher than what is considered healthy for a given height. In 2017, the CDC reported that more than one-third, 36.5 percent, of American adults and 12.7 million children and adolescents are affected by obesity (CDC, 2017). What is even more important is that overweight and obesity are responsible for conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and certain cancers which can cause preventable death. In addition to health outcomes, the financial medical burden of obesity in America in most recent studies was reported to be $147 billion (CDC, 2017). Obesity is not an epidemic that has occurred suddenly.
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In response to the obesity epidemic, a project called Fit For You will be introduced to the Eastside community in Riverside. This project will aim to create opportunities to reduce consumption of less healthy food and beverages, promote consumption of healthier foods and beverages, adequate substitutions, and increase physical activities. The project will be conducted at the City of Riverside’s Bobby Bonds/Cesar Chavez Communication Center. This is a location that can easily become a safe hub where resident of all ages come to to learn and exercise. The project would consist of a bootcamp and health promotion classes over a six week. Target participants would be ages 12 and up. Results will be measured in terms of body mass index (BMI) and participants will be able to come with a healthy meals planner and survey.
Literature Review As mentioned previously, the Eastside community consists of a large majority living under poverty. Additionally, crime is a strong component to the neighborhood that hinders individuals from simply going out for a walk. Creating a safe environment for residents is a critical factor to this program in order to effectively implement fitness and nutrition education. Similar projects have been implemented with varying results. According to research conducted by the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, researchers introduced the Food and Nutrition Education Program, funded by the United States Department of
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