Interpreting and Communicating Research Findings
The article by Dehghan, Akhtar-Danesh, and Merchant (2005) describes the prevalence of childhood obesity in developed countries. Notably, their research revealed that childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels in developed countries. Research shows that in the U.S alone, 25 percent of children are overweight, and 11 percent are obese (Dehghan, Akhtar-Danesh, & Merchant, 2005). The main causes of obesity among children are related to a lifestyle change. Most children have poor dietary habits and live sedentary lives. In this respect, most school going children develop obesity, which affects their quality of life (Dehghan, Akhtar-Danesh, & Merchant, 2005). Obese children die at a young age from obesity-related complications such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart ailments. Stakeholders should implement policies that will help tackle childhood obesity. Childhood obesity reduces the quality of life for children and makes the provision of health care prohibitively expensive and inefficient. Consumers and officials alike should be advised to promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles to protect the future of children.
We all want kids to grow up healthy and happy. Unfortunately, today’s children are faced with the threat of living unhealthy and sad lives. The reason for this gloomy life is no mystery: most children are obese. The primary cause of this health problem is related to poor dietary habits and the adoption of sedentary lives (Dehghan, Akhtar-Danesh, & Merchant, 2005). We have failed our children and condemned them to a life of misery. The media is awash with advertisements that lure children into eating junk foods and drinks with the high-calorie intake. Moreover, parents and teachers do not teach their children the benefits of proper dietary habits and regular exercises (Clark, 2004). Nonetheless, all hope is not lost. All stakeholders must play their roles in teaching kids the benefits of healthy living. Moreover, policymakers should implement interventions that will protect children from marketers that seek to take advantage of their naivety (Clark, 2004). Let us all do our part to help our children and secure them a happy and healthy future.