Dr. Adam Burgess
18 July 2021
Our youth’s health and obesity
Ganjeh, Parisa, et al. “Physical Activity Improves Mental Health in Children and Adolescents Irrespective of the Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-A Multi-Wave Analysis Using Data from the KiGGS Study.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, no. 5, 2021, p. 2207.
In the article, Physical Activity Improves Mental Health in Children and Adolescents Irrespective of the Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)—A Multi-Wave Analysis Using Data from the KiGGS Study, a group of experts are explaining the correlation between physical activity and a child’s mental health. The main point in this article was showing the data that was collected and analyzed to try to show if there was a correlation between physical activity and mental health issues in the youth. It shows how the research was conducted as well as the results of those studies. In conclusion they found that children who showed a higher level of physical activity had less issues at school and with overall mental health and interactions with others.
In the article, Physical Activity Improves Mental Health in Children and Adolescents, the experts are addressing how mental health can be linked to the amount of physical activity a child has from youth to adulthood. They include how long term affects like long term care for behavioral health and mental health issues have spiked health care issues for those who showed a low amount of physical activity in their youth. The data they collected from different age groups and the results show that children with mental health issues like ADHD and are more common among children who lack physical activity then those who do not. Also, the results showed with kids who did not have high physical activity had more issues with interacting with others, behavior, trouble staying focused, and even image issues. In conclusion, they found that there have been proven risks associated with physical activity and mental health issues to include ADHD.
This article was very helpful in giving me the information that I wanted to see conducted. I knew that our youth numbers were spiking when it came to obesity but wanted to find an article that showed how the decrease in physical activity can harm our children and their health. In this article the data has already been collected and analyzed and negative results can clearly be seen. This ties into my theory that we are showing more and more youth with not only common health issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin issues, but also mental health affects as well.
Zeller, Meg H., and Avani C. Modi. “Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life in Obese Youth*.” Obesity, vol. 14, no. 1, 2006, pp. 122-30. ProQuest, http://ezproxy.library.csn.edu/login?url=https://www-proquest-com.ezproxy.library.csn.edu/scholarly-journals/predictors-health-related-quality-life-obese/docview/1030444572/se-2?accountid=27953, doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.library.csn.edu/10.1038/oby.2006.15.
In the article, “Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life in Obese Youth”, Meg H. Zeller and Avani C. Modi discuss how the quality of a youth’s life is decreased with the increase in number of obese children. Studies are conducted to compare children who are obese versus those who are not and the data shows that obese children are showing a lower quality of life across the board. The four spectrums that are observed are physical, social, emotional, and schooling issues. In each category a child with obesity is showing to have more issues than that of children who are within a healthy weight range. The authors also include that while African Americans do show a higher percentage in obese children, it does not discriminate in being a large issue among all races and young adolescents. In conclusion, the increase in. obesity across the United States has tripled over the decades and the negative effects of this is decreasing the quality of life among our youth.
In this article, Meg H. Zeller and Avani C. Modi discuss how obesity has increased over time and how the negative health effects are not only affecting certain areas of a child’s life, but their overall quality of life. They include the four main areas that include social, emotional, physical, and schooling. In each of they go into detail of how a child becomes more susceptible to things like depression due to their struggles as an obese child. They emphasize how important it is to see how the rise in numbers not only spike in how many times a child with need health care, but also how a child will struggle the longer the issue goes unsolved or addressed.
This article was very eye opening for me because I got to see how a child is affected overall and not just being prone to the basic health issues that I was aware of. This goes deeper into the day to day struggles that a child faces when dealing with being obese. My argument started with explain how our youth was at risk for certain health concerns with child obesity on the rise, but this article explains how they are being set up for poor quality of life overall. I will use this source to gather further data on the data to day struggles that an obese child is to expect short term and long term.
Conlon, Beth A., et al. “Home Environment Factors and Health Behaviors of Low-Income, Overweight, and Obese Youth.” American Journal of Health Behavior, vol. 43, no. 2, Mar. 2019, pp. 420–434. EBSCOhost, doi:10.5993/AJHB.43.2.17.
In the article, “Home Environment Factors and Health Behaviors of Low-Income, Overweight, and Obese Youth”, a group of experts discuss the factors that contribute to what makes youth overweight and obese. The main points they cover are Hispanic homes, low income homes, and how where a family consumes there meals plays a role as well. The authors speak about how low-income homes have less access to healthier food and health care and how this plays a role in what children consume in Latin and low-income homes. Another factor presented was what kind of example the parent was setting in the home as well as the involvement in a primary care provider. In summary, the article covers how parents, income, and physical activity play a role in a child’s life and if they become obese or not.
In the article “Home Environment Factors and Health Behaviors of Low-Income, Overweight, and Obese Youth”, they give a further look into how the parents example and income come into play when it comes to if a child consumes healthy meals and is active in their regular day to day activities. They dive deep into availability to healthy dietary foods and screen time and how those are more common among low income homes. The article is laid out perfectly in the sense that they begin with how a home is established by a parent, and the example they set with eating habits and taking care of their health with a PCP is something that plays a role in how a child will turn out. They include statistics as well as data collected among children in low income homes as well as exposure to healthy food, physical activity, and social media and tv.
This article fits well into my research because it includes how race and income can contribute to the decisions a child has in becoming and staying obese. I think taking into account the background of a child and how the cards are stacked against them is very important. This opened my eyes into looking more into how the home and parents come into play with an obese child.
Mohney, Gillian. “Is There Such a Thing as ‘Healthy Obesity’?” Healthline, 29 July 2020, www.healthline.com/health-news/is-there-such-a-thing-as-healthy-obesity#What-is-healthy?
In the article, “Is there such a thing as ‘Healthy Obesity’? Gillian Mohney is discussing the controversy of if there is a such thing as a healthy obese person. In his writing he explains what defines the word obese, and the qualifications to be put in the category. He goes further into the topic by stating the obesity is an unhealthy medical condition, but each person should be assessed individually to determine what factors are contributing and which ones aren’t. One point mentioned was how there could be an active vegetarian who just lacks physical activity versus the person who eats poorly and doesn’t exercise at all will have different plans on how their obesity can be managed. Another key point addressed is that a lot of people are afraid to seek medical attention for the stigma of being put down or lectured by a medical professional for their weight. In conclusion this article is discussing obesity is not a healthy lifestyle and even though its controversial, a person with this condition should get proper help and treatment.
This article talks about the popular subject that is if there truly is a healthy obese person. While there isn’t substantial data and information to support if this is true or not, the writer does address that his point on the topic is that there is not. He uses the facts that people must fall within a certain BMI that is unhealthy in order to be considered obese. He also includes that people can make healthy decisions and not have a healthy lifestyle and still fall into this category. The key point of this article is to educate the public on his viewpoints that no matter what obesity is unhealthy, but there are treatments and help out there for those who need it.
I like this article for my research because it was more down to earth and relatable to the public. Most people want things to be as simple as black and white when it comes to controversial subjects. In this article he simplified it down to its unhealthy and the concerns he has for people when it comes to getting treatment. This helps me better understand why people with obesity might not want to get help and that is due to the backlash they may receive and not be ready for.