Health Care Policy Priority : Childhood Obesity Essay

1239 Words Jan 25th, 2015 5 Pages
Health Care Policy Priority: Childhood Obesity
Danielle Dumele
Chamberlain College of Nursing
January 25th, 2015

Introduction Childhood obesity has been a growing epidemic in the United States for some time. In the past twenty years technology and entertainment has come a long way. With television and video games becoming bigger and better children have grown up in an age where everything is bigger, better, faster. It is easier for a parent to let the television be the baby sitter instead of having them go outside and play. According to a recent study, eight to 18-year old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media, including, TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies, and only one-third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity (www.letsmove.gov). This can be a correlation with poor eating habits. Proper eating habits are started with children at a young age with help from parents.
Background
As stated earlier, childhood obesity has been a growing epidemic for some time. It is crucial that nurses understand the factors that can lead to weight problems and participate with young people and their families to promote healthy diets and lifestyles. Numerous studies have shown direct links between economic deficit and obesity; theorists have described an ‘obesogenic environment’, in which unhealthy food and lifestyle choices are encouraged above healthy ones (Agrawal, 2012). The…

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