Eliminate Fast Foods from Children’s Diet to Prevent Obesity
Obesity is now a chronic yet preventable disease (Henline-Sullivan, 2014); and is now a global epidemic (Friedrich, 2017). In 2013, the American Medical Association declared obesity a disease to be treated by health care providers (Hruby ; Hu, 2015). On the other hand, Wang, et al, 2008) stated that by 2030, 86.3% of American adults will be overweight and 51.1%, obese. That same data showed 96.9% black women and 91.1% of Mexican-American men would be at risk and by 2048, if the problem were ignored all American adults would be overweight or (Wang, et al 2008). According to Levi and Segal, (2013) the US health care budget for obesity doubles every decade and by 2030 will be $967 billion, approximately 20% of the United States (US) health care cost.
Based on the data obesity becomes increasingly worse as Americans grow older since the data show only about 18.5% of American youths are currently obese according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NANES)(2016). However, Levi and Segal, (2013) state the main cause of obesity is a poor diet high in calories. Yet, very little is being done to fast the fast foods industry and other food items high in calories (Levi ; Segal). This dissertation will focus on the impact of fast foods on obesity and how removing/reducing fast food items from children’s diet will not only reduce overall obesity in the US but will reduce the national health expenditure as well as the national trend.
The rationale for this dissertation statement is that what makes obesity so expensive are the numerous risk factors for chronic diseases such cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, strokes, cancers, depression, disability and so forth (Hales, Carroll, Fryar and Ogden, 2017). Furthermore, obese children tend to be bullied, do poorly in school and obese children become obese adults (Hales, Carroll, Fryar and Ogden, 2017). As such, obesity has increased the risk for early death and co-morbidities in both children and adults (DeCaria, Sharp, & Petrella, 2012). The National Institutes of Health, (NIH) states obesity combine with overweight is the second leading cause of preventable death in the US, next to tobacco use, with 300,000 deaths per year, and 25,000 per month (Preston, Vierboom, & Stokes, 2018). Reducing fast food from diets not only improve health but save lives.
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