Obesity in the United States occurs at a greater prevalence than in other developed nations. Why is this? As part of Healthy People Initiatives, obesity has been highlighted in hundreds of articles and webinars. Many preventive guidelines address obesity and nutritional status, and the USPSTF (United States Preventive Services Task Force) guidelines specifically recommend a multidisciplinary approach and a plea to save our children. Additional resources to enhance your knowledge about obesity in the United States are available in this week’s Learning Materials section but pay close attention to Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk: Teach Every Child about Food. In 2018, the United States Federal government spent nearly  $1.1 trillion dollars on healthcare, and 10% of this money ($110 billion) was utilized to combat obesity driven concerns. Children cannot recognize vegetables or fruits but are quick to tell you what’s in a Happy Meal and can pick the different french fries from various fast food restaurants….. American parents since the Great Depression, and before, have wanted to provide for their children – giving them more than what they had and now we have given our children a shorter life span – 10 years less. As APRNs, we must be aware of what is happening in society and how this affects our health as a country. For this week’s discussion, develop a powerful message that can be given to your community. sounds, words; just a strong message that addresses our need to combat obesity. For your initial post, present a that reflects the state of obesity in our country. Consider: If is worth a thousand words, then a photo on obesity must be worth a thousand pounds. So ask yourself, how do we drive home the need for change? How do we show the price our children are paying? Attached you will find a photo that one of my classmates used for his assignment. Please DO NOT use the same photo, is just for you to have as a reference. : 1. A brief explanation, three to four sentences, of your visual submission. 2. Using , your home state’s data (FLORIDA) related to obesity and how your state fairs compared to national statistics. 3. The type of health disparities you see in your own community (Miami Beach, Florida) related to obesity. 4. Remember to provide at least three scholarly references to support your statements and provide validity to your work. – 500 words minimum – Free of Plagiarism (Turnitin Assignment)

The high prevalence of obesity in the United States compared to other developed nations is a complex issue with various contributing factors. One major factor is the availability and consumption of unhealthy, calorie-dense foods. The American diet is characterized by high intake of processed foods, sugary beverages, and fast food, which are often easily accessible and relatively inexpensive. These foods are often high in refined carbohydrates, unhealthy fats, and added sugars, leading to an increased caloric intake and weight gain.

Another contributing factor is the sedentary lifestyle that many Americans lead. Advances in technology, such as televisions, computers, and smartphones, have led to a decrease in physical activity. Many people spend long hours sitting at desks or in front of screens, leading to a decrease in energy expenditure and an increase in weight gain.

Social and economic factors also play a role in the high prevalence of obesity in the United States. Low-income individuals often have limited access to healthy and affordable food options, resulting in a higher reliance on inexpensive, processed foods. Additionally, low-income neighborhoods may have limited opportunities for physical activity, such as parks and recreation centers. These environmental factors contribute to the development of obesity and create health disparities between different socioeconomic groups.

In terms of the state of obesity in Florida, the data indicates a concerning trend. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the obesity rate in Florida was 30.7% in 2019, slightly higher than the national average of 30.1%. This means that nearly one-third of the population in Florida is classified as obese. The prevalence of obesity has been steadily increasing over the years, highlighting the urgent need for interventions and strategies to address this issue.

In my own community of Miami Beach, Florida, I have observed several health disparities related to obesity. One notable disparity is the unequal distribution of resources and opportunities for physical activity. While there are some parks and recreational facilities in the area, these are often concentrated in wealthier neighborhoods and may not be easily accessible to all residents. This lack of access to safe and affordable places for exercise can contribute to a sedentary lifestyle and a higher risk of obesity among certain populations.

Furthermore, there is a disparity in the availability of healthy food options in different neighborhoods. In lower-income areas of Miami Beach, there may be a limited number of grocery stores or farmers’ markets that offer fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. This can result in a higher reliance on convenience stores and fast food establishments, where unhealthy food options are more readily available. This lack of access to nutritious foods contributes to the development of obesity and other diet-related diseases.

In conclusion, the high prevalence of obesity in the United States compared to other developed nations is a multifaceted issue. It is influenced by factors such as the consumption of unhealthy, calorie-dense foods, sedentary lifestyles, and social and economic disparities. In Florida, the obesity rate is slightly higher than the national average, and in communities like Miami Beach, there are notable health disparities related to obesity. Addressing this issue requires comprehensive strategies that target not only individual behaviors but also structural and environmental factors that contribute to obesity.