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    Contributing Factors to Adolescent Obesity: A Research Proposal

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    This 20 page paper provides an overview of the issue of adolescent obesity and a research proposal on the subject. Bibliography lists 20 sources.

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    adolescent population (between 12-18) as being overweight and a full 11 percent more meeting the criteria for obesity (Wickrama, Wickrama and Bryan, 2006). While obesity in adolescence increases  the risk for Type II childhood diabetes, it is also has a significant impact on physical and mental well-being and is a precursor for adult obesity (Wickrama, Wickrama and Bryan,  2006; Singhal, Schwenk and Jumar, 2007). This study will assess the contributing factors for adolescent obesity in children 16-18 years of age in order to determine whether specific factors  influencing this population, including lifestyle, diet and television viewing, set the stage for adult obesity (Wang, 2001; Sanjay, 2000). This study is of value because of the breadth  of the problem and the nature of the health impacts of adolescent obesity. Adolescent obesity has been linked to higher occurrences of lower-body disability, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart  disease, and other physiological conditions, as well as psychological disorders like depression (Wickrama, Wickrama and Bryan, 2006). In addition, it can also have orthopedic and endocrine complications and cumulative  health impacts that pose risks to health over the course of a lifetime (Wickrama, Wickrama and Bryan, 2006). In a study conducted by the British Nutritional Foundation in 1999,  researchers maintained that obesity is on the rise in adolescent populations and may be the product of social constructs. There is a significant body of research that places contributing  factors for obesity in a social context. Obesity has been described as a socially constructed health problem, one that is often linked to family status, socioeconomic features, ethnicity and  gender (Sanjay, 2000; Wang, 2001). In fact, there is an increasing focus on the belief that community elements, including everything from social networks to community-based messages, have an influence 

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