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Battling Childhood Obesity

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Jasmine Gutierrez

on 10 October 2014

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National prevalence - 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States which is constantly rising (CDC, 2014)

Children do not consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and whole grains daily
90% of the children in the U. S consume excess amount of sodium each day

Incidence rate in California among those between 9 and 11 years old is 46.8% and 44.8% for children between 12 to 14 years old (DHS, 2010).

By: Wendy Quach, Stephanie Ramirez, Roxana Contreras , & Jasmine Gutierrez
Childhood obesity is an alarming problem in today’s society.

Approximately 12.5 million (1 out of 3) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years who are obese or overweight (CDC)
Battling Childhood Obesity
Poor nutrition is correlated to many health risks that a young child can face in their present and future life:

Possible Repercussions
tooth decay
high blood pressure
high cholesterol
chronic related illnesses
psychological problems on their self-esteem
Target population: children ages 10-14
low income families in Orange County, California
parents lack resources to provide healthy meals & knowledge on nutrition
1 in 5 children in Orange County who are overweight come from low income families
Minority and low-income children are disproportionately affected by childhood obesity
Black and Latino children are more likely to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, a disease strongly associated with being overweight and obese Children’s Defense Fund, 2012)
Tackling Nutrition
Health topic: Childhood Obesity & Proper Nutrition

Local - St. Jude's Lunch Exercise Activity Program (LEAP) - nutrition education and physical activity to level one school in Orange County schools
50% of children coming from low income school with over 60% being enrolled for school lunches
teaching student about a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and grain products that they can eat.
National & State - California School Nutrition Association - healthy foods for student school lunches
They strive to make sure each and every sponsor has healthy alternatives to provide for the school lunches
They have a strong connection with Kellogg Cereal Brand where the cereal provided for school breakfast must be high in protein and low in sugar

They state that worldwide children under the age of five are becoming overweight with every year there being an increase in these cases and now currently with 44 million children under five being overweight.
Ensure that there is no increase in the rate of children who are overweight” (WHO, 2014).
Increase nutrition awareness to lower these rates and educate not only the community but the world on how to live a healthier life.
National Organization - World Health Organization.
Duties: providing information on diseases, incidence information, & setting up goals on a global scale
Goal - develop healthy cooking demonstrations to children that will help them recognize several preventative measures they can make at home to prevent unhealthy eating choices.

Demonstrate the different food groups and their nutritional values by engaging these children’s in comparing different food groups.

Facilitate an understanding to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy food choices

Addressing this health issue locally will not only benefit children’s health risks, but as well as their self-esteem and confidence levels

By implementing a fight against childhood obesity can impact children by empowering them to start living a healthier lifestyle and being able to distinguish healthy foods over unhealthy foods

Due to the lack of supermarkets that offer a great variety of healthy foods many families turn to unhealthy cheap foods that are much closer to their homes that later contribute to an increase in obesity
prevalence among Hispanics - African American was 20.2%, 14.1% for Caucasian, and 8.6% for Asian (CDC, 2014)

prevalence among children in California between 2 to 3 is 20.20%, 4 to 5 is 22.60%, 9 to 11 is 46.80%, and 12 to 14 is 44.80% (DHS, 2010).

statistics in Orange County was the highest for 5 to 11 year old children. 22.1% of children between 5 to 11 year old in Orange County suffer from obesity while 19.8% were 12 to 19 and 13.5% were 4 and younger (Orange County Grand Jury, 2010).

Incidence rate of Hispanic children in Orange County who are overweight is 15% while it is only 10% for Asians, 12% for Blacks, and 11.1% for Whites (DHS, 2010).
Unhealthy Consumption
Lack of both information and knowledge of parents and children, on maintaining a proper healthy lifestyle = increase in the consumption of unhealthy foods
Fast food restaurants are highly advertised and marketed to children.
Happy meals offering the most “trending” toys
Restaurants that have outdoor playgrounds attracting children’s attention.
For example: Walking down Main street in Santa Ana we came across 5 fast food restaurants compared to 1 supermarket surrounding many neighborhoods around the area.
Downtown Santa Ana
Some of the types of activities we will implement within our program are educational and hands on activities
What are the best calorie choices?
-Skipping breakfast may lead to weight gain because you may eat or snack more later in the day.
-Eating high-fiber breakfast cereal may help you keep weight off.

Plan home-cooked meals that:
-Can be as fast to make a eating out.
-Often are lower in calories than restaurant meals.
-Include more variety of foods.
-Cost less money than eating out.
Small changes can lead to big results over time!
Healthy Serving (320 Calories)
How much is too BIG?

Oversized Serving (820 Calories)
By incorporating all of these aspect into our intervention, we hope to help empower children and families to live healthier lifestyles.
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