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Tackling Childhood Obesity
Pages 13 (3263 words)
Introduction: Obesity is defined as abnormal, over the standard limit, and greater than normal accumulation of adipose tissue. This results from increased generation or decreased utilisation of fatty tissue. This is important from the public health point of view since this has been associated with impairment of health on different counts.
When the behaviour is culminated in the community and family levels, the children also get to enter into these lifestyle cycles, sometimes inadvertently and sometimes due to lack of knowledge. It has been indicated in studies that dietary changes and schedules of daily activities lacking promotion of physical activities and lack of playtime activities are the reasons in cases of children (Edmunds et al., 2001). For example, in diets, fast foods have been included to a great extent. These contain items with high-fat and high-sugar contents. These mainly come from convenience items for family reasons. Work-roles in the families have led to a decrease in family meals. Outside the home environment, the patterns of dietary changes are also affecting food habits of the young. All studies have indicated the positive roles played by physical activity. Lack of physical activity has been implicated in children's weight gain in excess of what is ideal. ...
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