MORE ABOUT CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN RURAL AMERICA
Several factors contribute to the higher obesity rates in rural areas 23:
An effective home-based pediatric weight management program provides a viable solution to this dilemma. Positive Patterns for Life, LLC has developed such a program called Back in Whack. This program was initially implemented into a pediatric clinic in rural Wyoming. Children and teens who complete the Back in Whack Program have successfully adopted healthier eating and lifestyle habits and have lowered their body mass index. It is not just the youth who have made healthy changes. Whole families have adopted healthier eating and lifestyle habits as a result of the Back in Whack program.
Back in Whack is available in three different formats:
Currently, a program through the Wyoming Department of Health is utilizing the home-based format of the Back in Whack Program and has been able to make the program available to children and teens across the state of Wyoming.
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There is an absence of effective pediatric weight management programs in rural America 21, 23, 32. Many rural communities do not have the resources to address this critical health concern. Rural healthcare facilities are less likely to have nutritionists, dietitians, or weight management experts available to work with obese children and their parents 23.
In the United States, 16.9% of children 2 through 19 years of age are obese 27. Rural areas experience higher rates of overweight and obese children than the nation as a whole. Children living in small rural areas have a 25% increased likelihood of being overweight or obese 21, 32.
IMPACT OF UNTREATED CHILDHOOD OBESITY
In the absence of an effective obesity treatment program, 80% of obese children and teens will continue to be obese into adulthood 3. A large percentage of the severe, morbidly obese adults in our country have been obese since childhood 30. Adults who have been obese since childhood, experience much more serious health consequences than adults who became obese as an adult, and they have increased mortality rates at younger ages 3, 28.
The obesity issue is so serious that experts predict that unless the trends reverse over the next several years, the current generation of American children will be the first to live shorter lives than their parents 28.
Childhood obesity has a negative impact on a child’s quality of health and length of life. Leaving children in rural America without an effective treatment option for childhood obesity is not acceptable when you consider the consequences of untreated childhood obesity!!
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