Childhood Obesity Case Study

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Childhood obesity continues to be an ongoing problem with our children. In 2013 forty-two million children under the age of five in the world were overweight or obese (World Health Organization [WHO], 2015). Of these forty-two million obese children thirty-one million are living in developing countries (WHO, 2016). In the United States in 2012 one third of our children and adolescents were overweight or obese (Beal, 2016). Childhood obesity has doubled in children 2-5 years old, tripled with children age 6-19 (National Institute of Health [NIH], 2013). Being overweight and obese is caused from a calorie imbalance when our children eat more calories then they burn off (Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2015). In the world 2.6 million people die as a result of being overweight or obese yearly (WHO, 2016). This problem is not just in the United States; it is a worldwide problem and improvements need to be made. Obesity is a health crisis that can be prevented or reversed.
Childhood obesity is a serious public health challenge for the 21st century globally (WHO, 2016). The prevention of obesity needs to be given a high priority due to the health issues it is causing (WHO, 2016 ). Obesity is causing cardiovascular disease in our children and this is causing premature death (Liping, Blanck, Sherry, Dalenius, &
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(2013) showed good results with a community-based program to reduce childhood obesity that was done by educating parents and children on “Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0”. Each number represents a healthy habit to do every day. The habits are :eat five fruits and vegetables daily, limit screen time to two hours daily, participate in one hour of physical activity daily and drink zero sugary drinks daily (Rogers et al., 2013). Parents in this prevention program increased their knowledge on healthy lifestyle habits 40% (Rogers et al., 2013). This system helps to remind parents and children to implement the 5-2-1-0

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