The challenge of obesity in the world is said to be souring high every year and is inherently an outcome of poor nutrition and eating cultures among specific population. Poor nutrition is the overall development of a habit of eating junk food, consuming sugary foods and those that are high in calories. Consequently, one is likely to become overweight, a state that predisposes the individual to developing health complications, some of which could be life threatening. The realization that being oversight is primarily caused by poor nutrition necessitates the need for increased awareness about the need for healthy living in line with the 2020 goals of healthy people.
The subject of weight status and the relation it has to nutrition status is particularly relevant in the case of the US culture that has since been ranked among the most obese groups worldwide. It is especially a huge problem to the children following reports that indicate that based on 2014 statistics by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 9 percent of those ages 2 to 5 years old are considered obese (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2016). Nationally, the rate of obesity in the US among adults is at 38 percent. The realization that the US population is overweight underscores the relevance of describing the relation between nutrition and weigh status.
The shocking statistics detailing the health status of the US population has thus necessitated the need for the relation of the subject to the Healthy People 2020 goals. The objective of national health promotion and disease prevention initiative on nutrition and weight is to advocate for good health and lowering the rate of chronic diseases by promoting the consumption of nutrition and health food options for the population to maintain good health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014). The realization that there is a trend of poor nutrition patterns in the US thus implies that the goals outlines in Heathy People 2020 are not being achieved.
Research into the health status in the US population has revealed that there is increased emphasis on the need to shift focus to healthy living than concentrating of the management of the obese and patients who are already having health complication due to poor dieting (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2016). Furthermore, research has shown that everyone plays a critical role in the eradication of the culture of poor nutrition in the community with a considerable amount of energy being directed at the stakeholders’ role. Further research has been aimed at encouraging heathy living by highlighting the possible complications that are associated with poor diets that lead to increased weight. Finally, research articles published on the subjected have aimed at highlighting the adverse state of obesity in the US by detailing the trends and statistics to create awareness that the whole population it at risk (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2015). Overall, therefore, research into the subject has primarily been centered on the need for improved health status by challenging the community to be aware of the adverse consequences and the risk factors associated with obesity (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014).
The information obtained from articles was relevant for this Health Promotion Project as it was not only relevant but it also includes other insightful ideas such as the trends and statistics associated with obesity. For example, the realization that both children and adults are equally at risk meant that by educating parents, there is a chance that the child will also benefit as the parent will guide them to healthy living (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2016). It was also noted that the research articles were more focused on the obesity segment of the research, which meant that in the formulation of interventions, attention should be on the need to reduce the possibility of becoming obese as opposed to malnutrition and underweight, even though both perspectives were relevant.
The appropriate interventions would need to focus on the need for educating the US population about the need for lifestyles changes to reduce the disparity in weight and nutrition that has since been a critical issue. One significant recommendation would be to focus on community initiatives scum as partnering with local public health to issue leaflets and handouts on the proper diet techniques that the population needs to consider for healthy living (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2016). Alternatively, it is suggested that the US population ought to focus on exercise as a solution to reduce weight that is independent or a back up to good nutritional patterns. It is expected that through supporting community networks to provide leaflets to families and encouraging physical exercise, the challenge of obesity in the US will be covered.
In conclusion, the challenge of obesity is a huge problem that results from being overweight due to poor nutrition. The case of the US culture is especially significant as the whole population is at risk despite the existence of a broad range of literature describing the subject. It is thus recommended that to be in line with the Healthy People 2020 goals, there is a need for more attention to proper dieting and physical exercise as a substitute to the promotion of healthy nutrition.