Health Advocacy Campaign

4100 words 17 pages
Health Advocacy Campaign
Childhood obesity is considered one of the major pressing health issues of our century. The rate of childhood obesity has increased alarmingly, with the number of obese children under five globally standing at over 42 million today. Approximately 35 million of obese children are living in the developing countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) children who are obese and overweight are very likely to stay obese into their adulthood; further, they stand a high chance of developing non communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease while they are still young (Cheng, 2013). The purpose of this paper is to highlight the gravity of childhood obesity based on statistics and the
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The researchers also hold that the involvement of parents in measures to do with weight control influences the rates of childhood obesity (Crawford, et al., 2001). Effective Attributes of the Program The various advocacy programs researched concluded that there needs for a family-driven approach to influencing the nutrition habits of every young child as well as prevention strategies that start at early age before the established poor dietary habits, there is also a need for better community help and involvement, and better school interventions. Programs such as Preventing childhood obesity: health in the balance developed by the Institute of Medicine and program developed by First Lady Michelle Obama Lets Move both provide effective attributes (Gollust, Niederdeppe & Barry, 2013). There are others researched that are also effective because they provide strategies for preventing obesity and support healthy living. Health Advocacy Plan
This health advocacy plan is developed after reviewing evidence from key pieces of literature linked to obesity prevention in children. As confirmed by different findings, there are five different areas of emphasis being: prevention, prevalence as being the top option for making interventions in childhood obesity, the targeting of preschoolers for prevention, the


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