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Intervention Programs for Adolescent Obesity Prevention in Junior High School

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The outline

Topic: Intervention programs for adolescent obesity Prevention in Junior High School.

Introduction

Obesity among the adolescence is one of the public health concerns and it is a

multidimensional problem which needs an interdisciplinary method that encompasses

cooperation from the students and concerned stakeholders (Ball & Bindler, 2008a). School and

parents should lay down superb programs which are aimed to help the junior high school

students manage and prevent the occurrence of the obesity. For instance, the mentorship

programs are going to provide support and guidance to students as they grow. The physical

activities also provide them with exercises which prevent them from idleness

Problem statement

The obesity in an adolescent is one of the issues which is increasing at a higher rate. It's

pandemic and other diseases which are associated do pose lots of challenges of public health.

The main concern is the overwhelming overweight prevalence and the obesity in adolescence.

It's estimated that 25% of the adolescence in the junior high school is affected by the obesity thus

it has called for all stakeholders to take some measures to curb the situation.

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Landscape

The adolescence age is a foundation of the lifelong good health which we should not

take for granted. Schools should look at various ways and practices which are going to assist

the adolescence to live a life which is free of obesity. The best thing which the concern

stakeholders should do is to provide education to the youths on the kinds of food which does not

pose risks to their health (Ball, & Bindler, 2008b). They should also provide healthy outside the

classroom by providing the students with some opportunities to stay active by eating healthy

food. However, they should provide and promote the environment of the school by creating

school-wide enthusiasms for the programs which are focused on the students.

The physical activities and nutrition lesson should be chipped into the curriculum in

some of the subjects being taught. The inactivity among youths has been proved to be an issue

which is causing the development of the obesity. However, nutrition and physical programs

should be brought. Most of these programs have shown positive results which do provide crucial

ideas for future initiatives. The physical activities have been proven to increase the class

concentration and also encourage superb behaviors in school.

Schools should provide mentorships programs which are aimed to curb and prevent

the rise of obesity in schools. This program should focus the adolescent needs and give them

enough support and some guidance as they grow. It is very crucial to give some supportive

relationships while they grow. Through the knowledge of mentors, their needs are going to be

fulfilled (Babey et al., 2010).


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Choices to Resolve the Problem

There are varying ways to solve the problem of obesity among the victims. First is by

encouraging the consumer of the foods to decide well on the best choices o food and lifestyles.

The second thing is that the food industry should help the students to make superb choices of

food they are eating by promoting nutritional education. The third step is that government should

be intermediary which encourage and ensure that students are eating healthy food in school. This

can be done via involvement of teachers (Black et al., 2010)

Recommendations

The food industry should take a big role in helping the consumers particularly junior high

school students to make healthy food choices. These manufacturers are firms which are very

sensitive to the taste and preferences of adolescence (Adolescence. 2009). The industries should

provide consistent, honest and clear product claims. They should also work hand in hand with the

teachers, parents, retailers and other individuals who are concerned to come up with proper

information on the kind of the products they buy. These industries should in future manufacture

food which are not bringing any cases of obesity. This will be done by coming up with stern rules

to govern this issue. If the industry should just aim at making profits, I believe that our society

will be full of obese adolescents which would not be able to live a productive life due to obese

and other related diseases in some years to come.

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Ball, J.W. & Bindler, R.C. (2008a). Growth and development. In Pediatric Nursing: Caring for

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