heart disease or diabetes then it is extremely important for them to lose

Heart disease or diabetes then it is extremely

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heart disease or diabetes, then it is extremely important for them to lose weight in a healthy way because obesity will only worsen those factors (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016c). Even if they do not have a familial history of these diseases, the obesity will greatly increase their chances of developing them. One of the most common problems that someone can develop with obesity is diabetes. Testing an obese patient for diabetes requires a Fasting Plasma Glucose test, or an FPG. This means that a patient’s blood glucose level will be tested after a night of not eating anything. If their blood glucose level is between 100 and 125 mg/dl, then they have pre-diabetes. If they have a blood glucose level above 126 mg/dl, then they have diabetes (Cavicchia, Liu, Adams, Steck,
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OBESITY 6 Hussey, Daguise, & Hebert, 2014). Per a study by Echouffo-Tcheugui, Ali, Griffin, & Narayan, an FPG has an optimal cutoff of >6.1 mmol/L and that gives it a sensitivity level of 85.2 with its specificity level being 88.5% and the positive predictive value being around 95% (2010). The cost for an FPG is anywhere from $252 to $459, but because it is considered the most effective test, it is worth the price (Echouffo-Tcheugui, Ali, Griffin, & Narayan, 2010). Plan of Action There are many different plans of action that could be taken to prevent obesity. One of the first plans that I would like to implement is educating children at a young age on how to eat healthy. If you start the population young, then they will be much more likely to take those skills learned and apply them to their adult life. In a study done by Sarah Gripshover and Ellen Markman, they found that children can learn the right foods to eat at a very young age and that if that with this education, their vegetable consumption will increase (2013). This plan could be implemented at the state level or the local level by talking to those people in charge and letting them know how important education is. They could then make the necessary changed within the school system to teach these children. This could be measured by following the children who received this education through their adult life and seeing if they are healthy adults or obese adults. The second plan of action that I would take is highlighting the prevalence of obesity in the south through every avenue possible. If more people were aware of this issue, then maybe there would be more opportunity for cheaper, healthier food options in these poorer areas, then the rates of obesity would go down (Meyers, Slack, Martin, Broyles, & Heymsfield, 2015). Many people are not aware of these issues and through a public service campaign through local
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OBESITY 7 health departments, maybe awareness could be raised and things could change. The third plan of action that I would take is making people aware of the physical side-effects of obesity (Cavicchia, Liu, Adams, Steck, Hussey, Daguise, & Hebert, 2014). Many people tend to only focus on the social aspects and pretend like their health is not effected by their weight. Weight, however, effects the whole body. If clothing companies were able to embrace the obese body
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