Obesity among Latino Women

Obesity among Hispanic Latino women between the ages of twenty and sixty-four years old is a current health disparity in the United States. Nutrition, physical activity and obesity are one of the twelve leading health indicators categorized as significant public health issues by Healthy People 2020. Obesity is classified as anyone who exceeds body mass index (BMI) of thirty. According to Women’s Health, three in four Latino women are overweight or obese (“Overweight and obesity,” 2010). Compared to other ethnicities, Hispanic Latino women were 1.36 times more likely to be overweight/obese than non-Hispanic white women (Vahratian, 2009). The primary causes of the obesity epidemic is generally an excessive amount of caloric intake, unhealthy eating habits, and lack of physical exercise (“Obesity in latino,” 2006). Obesity in this minority group causes many underlying health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancers. Obesity not only effects the wellbeing of individuals, but also has an economic burden on society and h…

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Solving the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Obesity has increased drastically in today’s society. Alarmingly, present day generations show childhood obesity to be a growing crisis. Viewed as an epidemic, childhood obesity is sweeping across the United States and creating a public health crisis (Henry). Obesity in young children is contributed by different factors. Many are based off of lifestyles and peer pressure in schools and in households. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2004), over 16 percent of children and adolescents from 6 to 19 years of age are overweight and/or obese” (Green 915). This reveals that obesity is a serious disease that is affecting many young people nationwide.
It was not until 2003 that obesity was recognized as a disease in the United States and before then a lot of insurance companies did not reimburse people paying out of pocket for their extreme over weight medical problems. “In July 2004, Medicare, recognizing that obesity is a critical public health issue today, changed its policy on addressing obesity”(Henry). Nearly one third of our nations children are considered…

Food Industry: Nestle CSR Strategy Essay

Nestle was established in 1866 at Vevey, Switzerland. Nestle is one of the largest food industry and has many locations in the United States included other countries as well. Nestle is labeled as focusing on nutrition, health and wellness, which have been the world’s most controversial corporations. In the past decade, Nestlé’s name was expanding due to boycott, over the marketing of infant formula that they created in the poor countries, which causes infants to get sick. Recently, Nestle is one of the major targets of the global movement against water industry. Again, Nestlé’s labors relation’s practice in poor countries has been target for international union movement. Not many companies are successful but they are still operating their company to improve their CSR strategy to become successful company later. Nestle uses CSR strategy as a resource within environment to advocate the market needs and to fulfill stakeholder expectation. Nestle is in progress to improve what they need to become a successful company for their future. Unfortunately, Nestles has produced several poor iss…

GMOs, Growth Hormones, & Antibiotics in food animals

If people were to become antibiotic-resistant, how would we cure the diseases that are incurable without antibiotics? When at the doctors receiving medicine, most people don’t realize they are receiving a form of antibiotics. If us humans became resistant to this drug then Scarlet fever, the flu, and even a common cold would become severe problems because many americans have never fought away these illnesses without the help of antibiotics.
Growth hormones (GH) are also commonly used today in CAFOs. Cows normally give birth and lactate for about 9 months before milk secretion stops. GH elongate this cycle time and cause reproductive problems in the cows (Forbes, 68). GH increase milk production by 15%, cause animals to grow to maturity faster, and cause increase of muscle mass (Robin, 15). Animals that are injected with growth hormones get more infections and therefore the use of antibiotics is needed more often. Major U.S stores have pledged to not sell meats that have had growth hormones used in them: Wal-Mart and Starbucks are two of these (Smith, 45). The initial excitement abo…

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Food Ethics: Should Environmentalists Oppose Genetically Modified Food?

I will argue that environmentalists should not oppose genetically modified foods. Genetically modified foods or GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) are crop plants that are modified in a laboratory to enhance desired traits, to offer greater yields, to improve pest and disease resistance, to increase nutrition, or to boost tolerance to temperature extremes, drought, and salinity (The Hutchinson Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide). This controversial concept has been debated among environmental activists, public interest groups, and other scientists and government officials since GMOs were introduced in 1996. However, genetic engineering has enormous potential benefits that society cannot ignore now or in the future.
First, genetically modified foods should be encouraged because the use of GMOs promotes positive farming and agricultural practices that have less of an impact on the environment than traditional farming. While necessary to our modern society, farming unquestionably harms the environment in a variety of ways. Plowing depletes the soil of valuable nutrie…

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Fast Food Among KPTM Students

The purpose of this research is to determine the level of acceptance and consumption of fast food among students in Kolej Poly-Tech Mara (KPTM). In addition, the aim of the study is to determine the level of knowledge of the respondents on the basic of food intake. Other than that, the purpose of research is want to know the different among gender taken the fast food. Students like to eat fast food as it is delicious , inexpensive, and fast to serve. They are also like to hang out with friends and sit at the fast food restaurant, for example Kentucky Fried Chiken Restaurant (KFC) and McDonald (Mcd) as the places are famous and comfortable with air-conditioning, and can access the internet, but they do not realize the dangerous of fast food to their health, so we are doing study on this topic to obtain some idea on the most popular fast food, the affect of fast food and the awareness level among the Kolej Poly-Tech Mara (KPTM) students.

Healthy Eating Habits

More than half of adults in the United States are estimated to be overweight or obese (cite-hp pg 28). Obesity is a result of complex variety of social, behavioral, cultural, environmental, physiological and genetic factors (cite-hp pg 28). Efforts to develop healthy eating habits to maintain a healthy weight index should start early in childhood throughout teenage years to adulthood. Studies have shown the different eating habits according to gender and socioeconomic factors as well as, ways to enhance healthy eating habits and discourage poor eating habits. A nursing intervention that can be used to implement healthy eating habits in teenagers is to encourage awareness of health eating habits. I would use resourceful information and research to discourage unhealthy eating habits. Studies have shown the correlation between over eating and the time needed for eating, diversional activities while eating , cues that may lead to eating, differentiation on hunger versus the desire to eat, and the problem of eating during the nighttime.
Teenagers should understand the proper time tha…

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Children’s Health Research

The method behind this study was a retrospective, descriptive quantitative research project. It looked at overweight (OW) and obesity (OB) in children six to eleven years of age. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 1999 to 2008 was the database that the statistics for this study were derived from.
Protection of Human Rights
In the protection of human rights, the institutional review board (IRB) gave approval for this particular study. The sample of children involved in this study assented to and consent was obtained from their guardians through the NHANES staff members. Furthermore, there were no names, or patient identification markers that would identify the participants of this study.
Research Design/Population and Sample
The retrospective, quantitative design of this study used a cross-sectional analysis of the NHANES data (Long, Mareno, Shabo, & Wilson, 2012). This study is also classified as a descriptive correlational study. The study looked at two year increments of a total of 4,583 six to eleven year olds. These children were of the spec…

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Life Expectancy Rating

The disparities between different socioeconomic classes and race play a critical role in why we are currently ranked 51st in the world in life expectancy according to the United States Central intelligence agency. Differences between life expectancy in the United States based on socioeconomic class and race are caused from several factors ranging from nutritional diet, to homicide rates that cause the imbalances of life expectancy; and cause the total life expectancy in our country to fall far from what it has the potential to be. There are solutions to this problem however; solutions that can be made that can shift these disparities between the high and low socioeconomic classes to a more even playing field. Before we can increase our country’s average life-span, we must identify the factors that cause the most significant contribution to our decline in life expectancy to make the greatest impact.
Nutrition is a critical role in increasing the general life expectancy of our population. According to the 2013 Center for Disease and Infection Control, two of the four leading causes of…

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Carnivores and Herbivores

In 1891, a German zoologist named Karl Semper introduced the concept of a food chain, a process that is requisite for all living creatures. The chain consists of different levels. On the bottom are plants, then herbivores, the animals that eat plants. Next are carnivores, animals that eat other animal species, and the last are the animals that eat carnivores. The chain tends to overlap due to animals that eat more than one kind of food. Some people choose to be carnivores, while others choose to be herbivores due to the feeling that it is wrong to eat another living being. Humans are usually thought of as the superior animals on the Earth and living in modern society many nutritious foods are provided, especially meat. Some people choose to live herbivorous lifestyles due to moral and ethic reasoning, which can easily result in malnutrition as well as health risks that could have easily been avoided had they eaten carnivorously.
Going through life as carnivores, most people do not feel as though it is immoral due to the food chain. They are simply eating what is right to…

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