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According to The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO), the risk of obesity among school-age children is increasing significantly around the world. While obesity is widespread, it is more common in less-developed and developing regions. During the last few decades, obesity has overcome smoking as the leading cause of death in the United States. Until only a few years ago, according to the United Nations, the United States was statistically the most obese country in the world – a dubious title that Mexico now claims. Due to prevalent obesity issues in lower-income districts, this research will target low-income children.For the purposes of this project, the researcher will focus on a low-income neighborhood in the District of Columbia that fits the mission — to prevent childhood obesity and general unhealthiness. Understanding the causes of childhood obesity is important to help modify and reduce the problem for everyone who is affected by this epidemic. Focusing on engaging and educating children and parents alike in supporting a healthier lifestyle, the researcher will design mobile and portable shipping containers to be able to emplace and function as an educational service at various schools in the targeted area. As the designer of an interior space, the researcher will explore and discuss the project in further detail. The researcher will modify and design shipping containers to address the problem of childhood obesity. In this space, children will be able to focus on fun and build self-confidence while learning how to burn calories and stay healthy. The physical structure will be akin to a food pyramid that children will climb to accomplish tasks and positive habit-building activities such as exercise and healthy consumption. Integrating this with school programs and having a well-managed social media presence will allow for greater community support and education.

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