Reduced Energy Expenditure And Prevalence Obesity Rates Among Children

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Reduced energy expenditure has contributed to prevalence obesity rates among children. Demographic and epidemiologic analysis alone do not account for the high rates in childhood obesity. These analysis help provide a clearer understanding of why obesity is a national epidemic. It is significant as public health officials to know that there are substantial racial differences in obesity among young kids and teenagers in the United States. Among Hispanics for instance, the incidence of obesity was higher in 2011-2012 at 22.4% and 20.2% for African American youth compared to non-Hispanic white youth with rates of 14.1%. Asian youth had the lowest incidences if obesity at 8.6%, (Centers for Disease Control, 2014). Other differentials that need to be considered apart from ethnic distribution that account for the prevalence in childhood obesity are age, sex, income and educational level of the adult household head. Biology and genetics on one level can be predictors of obesity, the roles of economics, society, and the environmental are very obvious. These variants all fall within a category known as social determinants of health. The Impact of Social Determinants on Childhood Obesity Circumstances and surroundings into which people are born into, grow up, live around, work under and age are defined as social determinants of health. The dissemination of resources, money, and power at the regional, nationwide and global levels shape these circumstances. It needs to be
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