Obesity

TheSummervillageCommunity Coalitionhas asked each member to gather some information about specific health issues as they work toward creating a healthier community. You were asked to focus on obesity. Read the following studies on obesity:
Obesity Relationships with Community Design,Physical Activity, and Time Spent in CarsLawrence D. Frank, PhD, Martin A. Andresen, MA, Thomas L. Schmid, PhD

Frank et al.Obesity Relationships with Community Design,Physical Activity, and Time Spent in Cars.Am J Prev Med 2004;27(2)

Froehlich-Grobe K and Lollar D.Obesity and Disability, Time to Act.Am J Prev Med 2011;41(5):541–545

After reviewing the materials listed in the Background Information, please write a 2-page paper to address the following:

  1. What is the extent of the obesity problem in the United States?
  2. What individual, social, and environmental factors have led to the epidemic of obesity in the US? Specify at least one of each. Consider community design and the evidence presented by Frank et al (2004) in your response.
  3. What strategies can theSummervillageCommunity Coalitionuse to combat obesity at the community level? You can discuss strategies for community planning, neighborhoods, schools, worksites, or healthcare facilities (just choose one). Consider the disabled community and the data presented by Froehlich-Grobe. How would this population be addressed and accomodated differently than the general population?