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Preventing Childhood ObesityGabrielle Miller, Alex Furtado, Sarina Ponte, & Eliza Morgan

Obesity and its Significance Children are classified as obese with a BMI at or above the 95th percentile About 1 in 5 school-aged children ages 6-19 are obeseThe percentage of children with obesity has tripled since 1970sCholesterol is on the rise even though physical activity is more prevalent

AudienceParents of preschool aged children (3-5 years old) Getting parents of children this age to be conscientious of their childs diet early on could potentially lead to adaptive eating habits later on in life.Preschool is a time where eating becomes more of a social event. Eating snacks and lunch with peers can potentially lead to bad eating habits and lead to unhealthy food choices.

Potential CausesGeneticsOvereating/Frequency of eating Physical inactivityPhysiological factors SES MedicationAccess to food

Obese Children are at risk for.High Cholesterol AsthmaEarly onset of Heart DiseaseHeart FailureType 2 DiabetesSleep ApneaBone Density Problems High Blood PressureStrokeAbnormal Blood fatsCancer

Call To ActionWhat to do differently today?Educational intervention for parents of preschool aged children (3-5 years old)Healthy social eatingParents modeling healthy eatingAffordable resources for healthy food

Corporate Influence In 2015, Walmart worked with former First Lady Michelle Obama in creating a healthy living initiative with five elementsReformatting packaged food items, reducing sodium by 25%, sugars by 10%, and removing trans fats from their Great Value products By changing sourcing, pricing, transportation, and logistics, customers are saving approximately $1 billion per year on fresh fruits and vegetables Clearer and more accurate packaging Expanding stores in more low income areas Increasing the companys charitable contribution to nutritional programs No family should have to choose between food that is healthier for them and food they can afford. - President and CEO, Bill Simon

Future Studies / Next StepsFuture Study: Metabolism of different races/ethnicity to under genic factorsChildrens Trust across country: Promote education Workforce is supplemented by increase funding, higher education, and continued education for teachers Preschool implementation across country Universal Healthcare to support universal prevention

Referenceshttps://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe/riskshttps://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/2015/057.pdfhttps://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/2015/055.pdfhttp://www.webmd.com/children/guide/obesity-children#1http://corporate.walmart.com/_news_/news-archive/2011/01/20/walmart-launches-major-initiative-to-make-food-healthier-healthier-food-more-affordablehttps://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/obesity/facts.htmhttps://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/preschoolers.htmlhttps://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe/causes

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