Analysis Of A Vulnerable Population: Obese Population

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Vulnerable Population: Obese Children Childhood is fraught with many struggles which can be exacerbated by being obese. Children are a vulnerable population because they rely heavily on their caretakers and society to help them make healthy and safe choices. The number of factors that contribute to the current childhood obesity problem are numerous and beyond the scope of the following analysis. However, this analysis will provide the reader with an introduction for this and an understanding that there are several known contributing factors and preventions, as well as more to be understood, regarding childhood obesity.
Obese Children, Characteristics, and Vulnerability
The specific population under consideration in this paper are those
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This causes the person to have decreased performance (Stereotype threat, 2016). For example, one study found that obese women who read weight stigmatizing news articles, and were exposed to media that suggested that they had less control over their weight than women of normal weight, consumed more calories compared to obese women who did not encounter weight stigmatizing information. It is reasonable to expect that campaigns to lower childhood obesity are having a similar effect (Major et al., 2014). Common stereotypes of obese children are that they lack reasoning skills, are more self-conscious, less cooperative, and less satisfied with themselves compared to children who are not obese. However, research on how obese children overcome these stereotype threats is currently lacking. In general, several factors can increase resiliency in young people no matter what issue they are faced with. These resiliency factors are support from within themselves, families, and communities in which they live (Russel-Mayhew, 2012). These factors will be discussed further in the following

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