Childhood Overweight and Obesity

Childhood Overweight and Obesity

The contemporary healthcare campaign seeks to establish social measures towards health disparities. It is worth noting the geographical factors that dictate demographic characteristics in regard to vulnerability of communities to specific health issues. Social determinants that include lifestyle of individuals constitute an important factor in addressing the observed disparity. Taking the case of childhood overweight and obesity, social factors across different regions and continents determine the prevalence rate. It is therefore imperative that survey research is undertaken on the social norms of different communities to establish the cause and potential risk of rising obesity statistics. According to the Coreil,(2009), chapter 7, developed economies experience a plummeting childhood overweight and obesity. The observation is attributed to a lifestyle of limited exercise, and mass consumption of junk food. The United States, Europe and parts of Asia have recorded higher cases of childhood obesity. In essence, Coreil notes that even emerging economies like Brazil, Mexico, and India among others shows a steady rise in childhood obesity. Sub-Saharan Africa and Parts of Asia populations are less vulnerable to obesity due to poverty, poor nutrition and intensive physical activities.

Lack of access to reasonable transportation is a main contributor to health disparities as it cut off low earning people from health care facilities and thus making families to use a great percentage of their budget on cars and other costly preference, at the expense of other requirements, including health care.As Wang& Lobstein, (2006), put it, in developed economies transport challenge is related to obesity as public roads and highways with no footway present obstruction to walking. Hence, this auto-oriented transportation and restricted access to walkable public roads has resulted in an unhealthful, inactive way of life that translates to costs for public health. In societies of elite social class, children go to school on cars that significantly hamper physical exercise to shed off excess fat (Wang & Lobstein, 2006). The result is a vulnerable group to obesity.

 

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