Obesity Epidemic and Nation's Health

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Argument paper The obesity epidemic and our nation’s health as a whole have many factors that include socioeconomic status in particular. Socioeconomic Status and Childhood Obesity will always shape our nations vision and mission with what we do with healthcare. Healthcare in America is in a major reconstruction faze, and is in much need of it, obesity and socioeconomic status are going to be the major contributors to this reconstruction. The ability to have access to better resources for sure allows one to explore better options, but for children in a low socioeconomic life style options are limited. For example, children from this type of living lack the finances to shop for healthier more expensive foods. Socioeconomic status is defined by ones education, income, occupation, and is also known to include the social standing of a group or individual (Education and Socioeconomic Status 1). This could lead many people in this status to take up unhealthy eating habits. Children that live in a low socioeconomic lifestyle become the victims of this unhealthy eating and the obesity epidemic that has hit the United States is a result of that. In addition, children that eat too many calories pick up excess weight because of the lack of energy being burned through physical activity (Bales, Coleman, Wallinga 1). The problems with our health care has brought to the table many debates on what we do with it and how do we move forward for the future, and socioeconomic status and childhood obesity has been a part of that debate. In society today our participation in socioeconomic, everyday food consumption and physical activities can define our state of mind as a nation. One reason for childhood obesity through studies is the concept of the... ... middle of paper ... ...Erik, Sadana, Ritu, What Can public Health Programs Do To Improve Health Equity. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Web. 18 November 2013 Huntoon KM, McCluney CJ, Scannell CA, Wiley EA, Bruno R, Andrews A, Gorman P. Healthcare reform and the next generation: United States medical student attitudes toward the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Plos ONE. 2011;6(9):e23557. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0023557. Epub 2011 Sep 13. Web. 20 November 2013 Becker, Gay, Newson, Edwina, Socioeconomic Status and Dissatisfaction With Health care Among Chronically Ill American Americans. NCBI. 2002 December 26. American Journal of Public Health 2003. Web. 20 November 2013. Popkin, M, Simons S, Kim, Contrasting socioeconomic profiles related to healthier lifestyles in China and the United States. NCBI. Am J Epidemiol. 2004 Jan 15;159(2):184-9 1. Web. 20 November 2013

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