Project HEALTH - Reducing Nutrition Related Health Risks in the African-American Community. Project HEALTH - Reducing Nutrition Related Health Risks in the African-American Community.

Project HEALTH - Reducing Nutrition Related Health Risks in the African-American Community‪.‬

North American Journal of Psychology 2008, Dec, 10, 3

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Statistics today indicate several health-risk behaviors related to nutrition, including an increase in childhood obesity and diabetes. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) II (1976-80), NHANES III (1988-94), NHANES IV (19992002), the prevalence of overweight among children ages 6-11 years increased from an estimated 7 to 16 percent. The most recent NHANES report found a 45 percent increase from the incidence of overweight estimates obtained from the NHANES III. The report also contends that obesity is associated with psychological dysfunction, with youngsters developing low self-esteem often because of teasing from peers. The American Diabetes Association data (2006) indicate that 176,500 children under the age of 20 have diabetes. High blood pressure, evidenced among AA children is also another diet-related problem reported (Lynds, Seyler, & Morgan, 1980). One investigation (Kaplowitz, Slora, Wasserman, Pedlow, Herman-Giddens, 2001) confirms that obesity as measured by body mass index (BMI) has increased over the years and that it is associated with another potential problem--the prevalence of early puberty in both Caucasian and AA girls. Body image perceptions and their relationship to race and negative correlation with changing food intake habits have also been established (Hermes & Keel, 2003; Spurgas, 2005; Washington, 2002).

GENRE
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
2008
1 December
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
26
Pages
PUBLISHER
North American Journal of Psychology
SIZE
223.1
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