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Obesityis a significant problem, especially in the developed world. In theUnited States, more than a third of the population is eitheroverweight or obese. The poor nutrition and lack of exercise havebeen cited as the primary cause of the condition. Addressing thelifestyle complication is imperative since it can avert the varioushealth problems that accompany it.

Hillset al. (2011) provide that childhood and adolescence are instrumentaldevelopmental stages since they determine the later health ofindividuals. The authors concentrate on the need for physicalactivity in reducing the effects of overweight and obesity. Therationale for this is that juveniles go through rapid sexual andphysical development. Unfortunately, it is during this age that theyare accustomed to sedentary lifestyles that reduce physical activity(Hills et al., 2011). According to the authors, most children do notreceive proper guidelines on exercise.

Thearticle presents various implications of the lack of exercise on bodyweight. According to the authors, children are more likely to sufferfrom the effects of obesity than their parents. They share similarsentiments with Hampl and Campbell (2014) that physical activityamong children is a major cause of obesity. They observe, “Morethan 60% of children with obesity have at least one complication, and25% have two or more” (5).

Hillet al. (2011) outline that individuals who participate in rigorousactivities have fewer fat deposits in their bodies. The authorsconclude that, the good thing with various exercise approaches isthat they can be integrated into daily activities including walkingto work, climbing the stairs, riding instead of boarding buses (Hillset al., 2011). However, it takes the efforts of health professions,nurses, teachers, parents and peers to advise on the effectivelifestyles. Public health personnel play an imperative role increating awareness on the issue through an array of promotionalmethods. As the authors point out, preventing obesity in childrenshould have a multi-dimensional approach for it to be effective..


Hampl,S., &amp Campbell, A. (2014). Recognizing obesity and itscomplications the story of Score 1 for health. NASN School Nurse,1942602X14559749. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25626243

Hills,A. P., Andersen, L. B., &amp Byrne, N. M. (2011). Physical activityand obesity in children. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 45(11),866-870. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21836171