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Whether you are getting ready to tes for the NURSING ENTRANCE EXAM, THE TEAS-ATT, OR THE HESI, most likely you will have to take a reading comprehension exam. Don’t let these reading comprehension exams fool you into thinking that you do not have to study. Actually, the most important one thing that you can do to ensure that you pass the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST is to study. But find the right material is still another problem. At the Nurses Learning Center students can find all of their testing needs in an online tutorials with over 1300 questions, answers, tests, and tutorials covering subjects such as Reading Comprehension, math, chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology and English Grammar. Below is a reading comprehension passage. The student is asked to read the passage within ten minutes and answer the questions that come afterward. The online tests at the Nurses Learning Center are written to help students pass the NURSING ENTRANCE EXAM the first time.
Childhood Obesity in Society Today
By Nancy Kimmel R.N., 01/09/2009

The media constantly bombards children with mixed messages on a daily basis. On one hand, children see advertisements that tell them to eat candy, sugary sweets, starchy and fattening foods and drinks, while on the other hand their entertainment peers are svelte and skinny. Children also face pressure from their peers at school, dictating styles, behavior, how to act, dress and what body size is considered acceptable. While parents are trying their best to earn a living many make amends for the time they don’t get to spend with their children by indulging their weakness for sweets, candy and starches. Hence the child is placed in a vicious cycle that they are unable to escape, and obesity ensues. Parents, teachers as well as the media need to take notice of this spiraling epidemic of childhood obesity. While research has made some progress in elucidating the so called “fat gene”, the hard truth is that we as a society must change first before we can make a difference in our children’s eating habits. The problem of childhood obesity in the United States has grown considerably in recent years. Between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but most difficult to treat. Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year. The annual cost to society for obesity is estimated at nearly $100 billion. Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults unless they adopt and maintain healthier patterns of eating and exercise.

One needs only to review America’s history to see that the agrarian culture encouraged much more physical activity in children than our culture does today. Even in the 1900’s during the industrial society children had more physical activity on a daily basis. Sedentary behavior for children was frowned upon. There was always some kind of activity in the form of a chore or physical play. In today’s society, parent’s have a tendency to meet every whim of their children to provide comfort. There is of course, pressure from the media on parents as well. While the above scenario may seem biased, applying only to the affluent, there are many families that live in poverty who attempt to conform to the advertisement pressure geared toward their children, even more so to compensate for their lack of amenities. When choosing between soup and “Cheeto’s”®, if their child hasn’t had Cheeto’s for a while, the parent may buy the treat.

Video games tend to propagate a sedentary lifestyle in children. Many kids spend hours in front of the television playing video games, rarely getting up to stretch or eat. Along with playing video games children tend to snack. They choose foods which are easy to eat and readily accessible. Cell phones also encourage more time on the phone and less activity.

In the final analysis we can see that changes are within reach to help our children live more active and healthy lives. Sometimes we need to stop and look at the big picture. When parents can see the changes that they need to make they will become more attune to where the changes should take place. For instance, snack foods can include fresh vegetables and dip, fresh fruit, low fat snack foods, high protein snacks, and milk. Video gaming could be limited to certain times of the day for a specified amount of time. A child’s self perception can be enhanced with peer groups of similar age, pastimes and weight. Above all, it is important for children to accept themselves, and the best way they can learn to do this is by supporting them and giving them challenges that they can hurtle. When parent’s, teachers and media work together for the true benefit of today’s children every one wins. Children will loose weight, feel confident about their image and live healthy and active lifestyle. If a weight-loss program is necessary, involve the whole family in healthy habits so your child doesn’t feel singled out. You can encourage healthy eating by serving more fruits and vegetables and buying fewer sodas and high-calorie, high-fat snack foods. Physical activity can also help your child overcome obesity or being overweight. Kids need about 60 minutes each day. Everyone must work together. Many kids are spending less time exercising and more time in front of the TV, computer, or video-game console. And today’s busy families have fewer free moments to prepare nutritious, home-cooked meals. From fast food to electronics, quick and easy is the reality for many people in the new millennium. Parents should talk with their children’s teachers as to their who their acquaintances are while they are in school, what the school menu is serving and how many vending machines are on the property. Teachers and parents should contact various media partnerships to generate ad campaigns encouraging more activity and healthy choices of foods. Entertainment peers should make a point to address issues of beauty and appearance, stressing to children concepts of self acceptance and inner beauty. Children have a chance to grow up without the veil of obesity and it takes a village, but it starts with the parents.


1. What was the author’s stance on childhood obesity.
a. that the parents are at fault
b. Society as we know it is at fault
c. Obese children are a product of ignorance and apathy in families
2. The author compared the 1900’s to todays life styles. What was the author’s purpose?
a. to prove that we are not any better off with regards to the health of children in this day and age.
b. to suggest a corelation from a working society to that of a non-working society
c. In hopes of proving a point, that work never hurt anyone, and that excercise should be a regular activity.

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