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Obesity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Social and Environmental Aspects, Interventions, and Suggestions to Combat the Epidemic. Chanel Rucker MPH 601 Benedictine University
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Obesity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Social and Environmental Aspects, Interventions, and Suggestions to Combat the Epidemic. Abstract Obesity is taking over the world let alone the United States. Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease, many forms of cancer, and type 2 diabetes (CDC, 2009). In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania obesity has become a norm and a public health crisis (Philadelphia Dept. of PH, 2010). In order to stop the growth the city has embarked on an intervention to counter this disease. It takes community support to over turn this obesity epidemic. It’s not too late for the adults to start but as a whole they need to start with the youth so they wont turn into obese adults in the future. In this paper I will focus on what caused Philadelphia to have such obese communities and also find the solution to put an end to obesity in this particular city. Lets make Philadelphia healthier! Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is one of the poorest big cities in the United States. Due to poverty most residents cannot afford to live the life style they desire. In poverty stricken communities resources are very scarce. Just trying to pay bills and provide for family is hard enough and then trying to eat healthy is very costly. According to the CDC, approximately 67.9% of adults and 41% of children aged 6-17 are overweight or obese (CDC, 2009). With healthy food being so expensive and McDonalds having deals such as the 2 for $2, the average person would choose the cheaper deal in order to provide for their family. Not sure if you listen to Hip-Hop but like artist DAEDAE raps “Got a family to feed, Got a family to feed” in his song “What You Mean” is the main thing (Lyrics.com, 2016). Since the 2000’s, approximately 24,000 Philadelphians have died of diseases caused by poor diet and physical inactivity (Philadelphia Dept. of PH, 2010). From my knowledge you are suppose to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. In Philadelphia that’s not the case. According to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health,
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Obesity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Social and Environmental Aspects, Interventions, and Suggestions to Combat the Epidemic. Philadelphians’’ consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables is poor with only 10.5% of adults and 11.6% of children eats the correct servings (Philadelphia Dept. of PH, 2010).
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