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Health Promotion Program 1 Health Promotion Program: Katie Saunier Hca/250 6/10/2011
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Health Promotion Program 3 One of the widest spread medical issues that affect adolescents and children today Is obesity. A condition that is caused by an excessive accumulation of body fat, obesity Currently affects 19% of children aged 6 to 11 and 17% of children age 12 to 19 years (Science Daily LLC, 1995-2009). Children’s obesity has dramatically risen at an alarming rate in the last few decades. The rate has close to tripled since the 1960s. On average 25% to 30% of children are touched by obesity or become overweight annually. Somehow, though, the serious and preventable condition of obesity is under-diagnosed and untreated (American Family Physicians, 1999). A reversal of this devastating epidemic must be preceded by a better Understanding of its causes, its affects, and how to prevent it. This is the only way of reducing children’s later risks of related physical and mental health issues. Genetic factors or diseases can be the cause of many cases of child obesity. However, numerous other cases are caused by excessive caloric intake and a dearth of exercise. Should children not receive any education on the bodily effects of overeating and lack of exercise, they may experience later complications in their physical and mental health. Early stages of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, asthma, joint problems, and high cholesterol are just some of the diagnoses being received by youth today. Type 2 diabetes, a disorder in which the body produces an insufficient amount of insulin is has a reduced sensitivity to it, has previously appeared most often in adults. Now, however, obese children are more prominently among those affected by the disease, which results in additional health complications like blindness, circulation problems, numbness in limbs, and kidney problems. Participation in physical activity lessens children’s risk of developing such conditions. To encourage physical activity among children ages 12 to 19, a program has been developed that will educate them and
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