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Doctor insights on: Arguable Issues With Obese Children

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How can children avoid becoming obese?

How can children avoid becoming obese?

Obesity avoidance: Sedentary lifestyle (not enough exercise), excessive portion size and high sugar/carbohydrate/fat/processed food diets are the most prevalent culprits in childhood obesity. All family members should be engaged in healthy lifestyles to prevent obesity in both short and long term. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more


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Are there any exercises for obese children?

Are there any exercises for obese children?

Exercises: Yes, but you don't need to focus on any specific exercise. Just get them to be active, play a sport, ride a bike, etc. The other huge component is nutrition. You need to minimize the amount of sugar, carbs, fat, that they eat. Cut out the candy, soda, ice cream, fruit punch, fast food, etc. Keep this stuff out of the house, and it will make everyone healthy. ...Read more

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How does obesity specifically affect children?

See below: Metabolic syndrome consisting of hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia, and hypertension is often noted. Some other effects are: fatty liver, PCOS, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, bowing of legs, increased incidence of headache, flat feet, and low self esteem. ...Read more

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What foods should I make for my obese children?

What foods should I make for my obese children?

Healthy foods/ exerc: Children need to eat healthy diets and avoid many of the high calorie/ high fat foods that are marketed to them. Avoiding greasy, fatty, fast foods is sooo important. Limiting high calorie beverages such as soda and excessive fruit juice is essential. Baking or grilling versus frying is recommended. Healthy snack choices should be presented instead of chips and candy. Of course-exercise-stay activ. ...Read more

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Can there be any professional help for obese children?

Can there be any professional help for obese children?

Yes: Many childrens hospital's have programs to assist obese children. Here in philadelphia, many of the health insurance programs offer assistance and information on childhood obesity programs that are covered by your particular insurance. Try your insurance plan first! seek out nutritionists who are familiar with childhood obesity. Check your local children's hospital for prog. If there is one nearby. ...Read more

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Does obesity impact children more negatively than it does adults?

Does obesity impact children more negatively than it does adults?

In many ways: Children have the capacity to develop more fat cells until late childhood. After that, fat cells can get larger. So, an obese child will struggle more with weight loss as an adult than an adult who was a thin child. Additionally, the extra weight is particularly hard on the developing weight bearing joints, heart, lungs and self esteem. In my opinion, not addressing child obesity is abusive. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the problems of children obesity?

Need expert help here. What are the problems of children obesity?

Diabetes etc: an obese child can develop insulin resistance and become diabetic at an early age. Obese children are also at increased risk for fatty livers- especially if they are insulin resistant. They also might get sleep apnea with daytime fatigue and hip and joint problems from the excess weight. High blood pressure is also a problem to be concerned about ...Read more

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Could obesity has any effect on children height's growth and increse?

Could obesity has any effect on children height's growth and increse?

Yes: A high percentage of obese children develop medical problems like diabetes early in the adulthood. Parents of obese children should focus on increasing the child's physical activity and limiting access to unhealthy foods. ...Read more

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How can we decrease obesity in children?

How can we decrease obesity in children?

2 things: Nutrition and exercise together are the way to preventing obesity in children (and adults). Kids should eat fresh, healthy, non-processed foods most of the time. Kids also must be active (really active, not just walking) for an hour a day. They need to drink water and avoid all sweet liquids (juice, pop, gatorade, chocolate milk, etc.). ...Read more

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What can be done ?About obesity in children?

What can be done ?About obesity in children?

Education.: We have to target the young, I feel. Teach young kids the value of proper nutrition and regular exercise. Limit time with video games, computers and texting. At home, emphasize healthy food choices at the family table where everyone eats together. Desserts are special, not daily. Teach the kids,,and their parents and grandparents will follow. ...Read more

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What're the major causes of obesity in children?

Poor choices: poor food choices, lack of portion control, inactivity, TV time, are all contributing factors to obesity in the united states. ...Read more

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Should obesity in children be considered neglect?

Hard to say: That is a question for law makers. As a physician i'd argue yes but many other people would disagree with me. There is no science as to right or wrong here, just a lot of opinion (and everyone is entitled to their own opinion). ...Read more

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What percentage of children are obese in n america?

What percentage of children are obese in n america?

A Lot: Estimated , currently, 30-35% are obese or in the high risk category. ...Read more

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How do medical professionals treat obesity in children?

How do  medical professionals treat obesity in children?

Diet & exercise: Unless there is an underlying medical condition, of which there are several, that can cause obesity, diet and exercise are the way all obesity is treated. In some cases, anti-obesity surgery is being used. However, before this, the child should be evaluated to make sure he/she doesn't have any medical condition causing obesity, starting with his pediatrician, and involving specialists if needed. ...Read more

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What are some reasons obesity in children is increasing?

Many.: Their parents are heavier than for children one generation earlier. Eating habits in families of obese children are bad. The cathode ray tube, or led of computers and games burn no calories. It also displaces play time that previous generations have had. Less calories spent; more bad food= obesity. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on how to fight obesity in children?

Wrap around services: These are our babies. They deserve all the love and attention. And the best food and play. Less tv. More play. More community. Limit sugary food and cook together. ...Read more

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What do you think should be done about obesity in children?

Portion control: portion control, good choices, and increased activity are all important components of warding off the obesity epidemic in the US. Education and setting an example by parents are an important part as well ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: obesity in children?

What is the definition or description of: obesity in children?

As per the CDC: Body mass index (bmi), expressed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m2), is commonly used to classify obesity among adults, and is also recommended for children. Bmi-for-age-growth charts for the United States are used to plot percentile. Children with bmi values at or above the 95th percentile are considered obese by this definition. Talk to your pediatrician for more. ...Read more

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