GIS Analyst Phase 2 notes
There are hundreds of data sources that relate to obesity in the United States. However, this research cannot use all these sources. Thus, the data sources selected for this project are those which provide information on the prevalence of childhood obesity specifically in California and those that indicate effective strategies to deal with the public health problems.
Babey, S.H., Wolstein, J., Diamant, A.L.. Bloom, A. &, Goldstein, H. (2012). Overweight and Obesity among Children by California Cities – 2010, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and California Center for Public Health Advocacy. Retrieved from https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CFUQFjAGahUKEwjugOnC2_bGAhXCtBQKHRdFDzM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fhealthpolicy.ucla.edu%2Fpublications%2FDocuments%2FPDF%2Fchildren2010fs-jun2012.PDF&ei=A7uzVa7zHsLpUpeKvZgD&usg=AFQjCNH5IzT6FT3ow3k8SHIRvOylvzENdw&sig2=NIytNsZ4SRkg8uTDDMcjSA&bvm=bv.98717601,d.d24
Prevalence of overweight and obesity in various parts of California is the focus of this article. The data on this is provided clearly in tables. This makes the article an important source of information on research on California childhood obesity, particularly on the section on prevalence of the problem.
Chaufan, C., Yeh, J., & Fox, P. (2012). The Safe Routes to School Program in California: An Update. American Journal Of Public Health, 102(6), e8-e11. Retrieved from http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?sid=cad02caf-315e-4d9f-b25f-a8101362f9d0%40sessionmgr4003&vid=0&hid=4213&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=tfh&AN=76390442
This research article presents important information on the increasing problem of childhood obesity in the United States. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a program that is focused on by the researchers, who present the program as in the California model. Focus on prevalence and intervention in childhood obesity makes this article relevant to the research on California childhood obesity.
Guerrero, A. D., Ponce, N. A., & Chung, P. J. (2015). Obesogenic Dietary Practices of Latino and Asian Subgroups of Children in California: An Analysis of the California Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. American Journal Of Public Health, 105(8), e105-e112. Retrieved from http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?sid=878a1adb-fb3a-491a-99f0-50d2dd33e1b5%40sessionmgr4004&vid=0&hid=4213&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=tfh&AN=108279158
The research article is on the effectiveness of obesogenic dietary practices in addressing the problem of childhood obesity among the Latino and Asian subgroups in California. This information is important for effective intervention in childhood obesity. This makes it an important source of information for research on childhood obesity in California.
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (2012). Overweight and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. Retrieved from https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CDwQFjACahUKEwjugOnC2_bGAhXCtBQKHRdFDzM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fobesity%2Fstateprograms%2Ffundedstates%2Fpdf%2Fcalifornia-state-profile.pdf&ei=A7uzVa7zHsLpUpeKvZgD&usg=AFQjCNHVD-wY3LOnagQm_GsGNUg-g92jcA&sig2=vVUG0Hp5I6zCIfgnfWHJCg&bvm=bv.98717601,d.d24
This article presents important information on the social and economic impact of obesity in California, highlighting the need to implement interventions to prevent and address the problem. Development and implementation of various interventions are discussed, making the source an important resource for the research on childhood obesity in California.
Samuels, S. E., Craypo, L., Boyle, M., Crawford, P. B., Yancey, A., & Flores, G. (2010). The California Endowment's Healthy Eating, Active Communities Program: A Midpoint Review. American Journal Of Public Health, 100(11), 2114-2123. Retrieved from http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?sid=2c4e428b-2b1c-40e5-8d1e-c8af11733b91%40sessionmgr4005&vid=0&hid=4213&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=tfh&AN=55089172
This article is an evaluation of a program implemented in California to address the issue of childhood obesity, The California Endowment's Healthy Eating, Active Communities (HEAC) program. This makes the article an important source of information for the research on childhood obesity in California.
Childhood Obesity in California
Past research has revealed high prevalence of obesity in the United States, including the state of California. Evidently, past efforts to address the problem have not achieved much as the problem has continued to worsen (Samuels, et al 2010; Chaufan, Yeh & Fox, 2012). Data and statistics reveal an alarming rate of increase in the number of overweight and obese children in the state. The problem comes with a great social and economic burden as it relates to a number of chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers (National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2012). This suggests the urgent need for effective intervention in preventing and addressing the problem of childhood obesity (Babey, et al 2012; Guerrero, Ponce & Chung, 2015). This research focuses on the prevalence and effects of California childhood obesity and recommendations for effective intervention.