Running Head: Childhood Obesity Intervention Plan. Childhood Obesity Intervention Plan Name: Institution: Date: Abstract Obesity is a medical condition characterized by high body weight-especially too much body fat…
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Obesity has become a global issue with concerns heightening in developed and developing nations. This is due to the fact that the developed world is more associated with high rates of ‘junk food’ intake and a sedentary lifestyle. The condition is especially more worrying because its prevalence has greatly increased among the younger generation in lower socioeconomic classes. These high rates of childhood obesity are even more worrying because they are bound to directly transform into a high rate of adulthood obesity in the future. This paper highlights the case of Australia, which is among the developed worlds’ nations that are suffering from high costs associated with childhood obesity and its related conditions such as type II diabetes and coronary heart disease (CHD). The paper specifically looks at a possible intervention that could be undertaken to curb the high rates of the condition among the young population. The possible effectiveness of the condition and its applicability are also pre-assessed. Introduction The developed world has increasingly come to cognizance of the dangers posed by the high prevalence of childhood obesity, which is currently experienced in most developed nations (Baur & Waters, 2003). The condition has become of greater concern because it is also a predictor of future adulthood obesity, which is associated with other chronic conditions such as coronary heart disease (CHD), asthma, sleep apnea, type II diabetes and social discrimination that is prevalent amongst the younger image conscious generation. According to a recent study by Simpson et al. (2007), an analytical observance of the data collected showed that if the current rates of weight gain experienced in the last half a decade persisted, only less than a third of the Australian adults will be of normal-weight by 2025. At the projected rate the prevalence of obesity will have shot up by 65%. A predictive look at the situation implies that handling the problem at an early age would be more effective in dealing with the situation of obesity because lifestyle habits get rigid with advance in age. Changes that are initiated in adolescence or adulthood may prove to be rather challenging to eliminate. The earlier initiation of interventions is also essential because it leads to the long-term avoidance of high costs associated with pharmaceutical care of children with obesity and its related conditions (Turner & Crowle, 2010). According to the findings by the Centre for Health Economics (2012), being obese while aged below five is associated with very high medical costs because of the long-term usage of pharmaceutical prescriptions that become necessary because of associated conditions. According to the same research results from a survey in 2004 and 2005, overweight children aged below five had a cumulative five-year medical care cost that amounted to 9.8 million Australian dollars higher than the normal weight children in the same period. Simpson et al. (2007), states that past studies have shown that children as young as two are found to be overweight. This finding implies that prevention or intervention programs that start early and are more home or school-based are necessary in order to overcome the challenge of childhood obesity (Cella et al. 2004). The Underlying Issue/Problem Analysis Obesity and overweight conditions are the major causes of mortality and morbidity within the adult population. While the two are highly severe and more risky in advanced
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