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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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How is childhood obesity harmful?

How is childhood obesity harmful?

So many ways: Precursor to adult obesity. Creates lifetime eating habits. Precursor to diabetes, heart problems, and host of other health problems including premature death. Additionally, more likely to be picked on at school, experience depression, stress and low -self esteem. Childhood obesity may be the #1 problem facing our youth today and the problem continues to grow. ...Read more

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What factors are contribute childhood obesity?

What factors are contribute childhood obesity?

Mostly food choices: Many factors: genetics plays some role. Parental modeling plays large role. Food available in community, tv ads, reduced physical activities, too much tv. The biggest factor is excess food and poor food choices. To help address the problem feed your child plenty of fruits and vegetables while eliminating all sugary beverages and try to cut back on junk foods. See choosemyplate.Gov. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of childhood obesity?

What are the main causes of childhood obesity?

Intake > output: The recent increase in childhood obesity is highly correlated with the increase in sugary beverages, high fat foods, decreased physical activity, and poor overall food choices (few fruits and veg). Genes play a small role with family and society playing the largest roles. Families model eating habits and are responsible for the food their kids eat. Food industry coercive in marketing to kids. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the main dangers of childhood obesity?

I was wondering what are the main dangers of childhood obesity?

Poor health: Childhood obesity leads to diabetes, high blood pressure, low self esteem, poor mobility, and is being included as a possible reason this generation of children is the first to be predicted to not outlive their parents....Pretty sobering information. ...Read more

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Who is to blame for the rise of childhood obesity?

Who is to blame for the rise of childhood obesity?

All of us: Like many things in life this one is multifactorial. Kids spend less time running and playing. Cheaper high carbohydrate foods are so much easier to get rather than healthy stuff. Both parents working thus easier to hit mcdonald's instead of a home cooked meal. I could go on forever but that won't solve the problem. Lead by example: eat healthier, walk a little more. No hypocrisy! ...Read more

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Does childhood obesity usually distort the liver tests?

Does childhood obesity usually distort the liver tests?

It might: Obesity is a disease in itself and can effect many organs in the body. As I have said in many answers sugar in all its forms is the main culprit, even diet drinks because they produce what is known as oxidative stress.Particularly in the lower brain that computes are ability to adapt to changes in the environment. Poor nutrition is the clue. ...Read more

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What has junk food advertising done to childhood obesity?

What has junk food advertising done to childhood obesity?

Definite increase: There is a strong connection between junk food advertisements and eating habits. Fast food and especially soft drink commercials are also very strong culprits contributing to childhood obesity. Data showed that the beverage industry spent more than $3 billion/yr marketing to kids. One of three kids are currently at risk for obesity. Regulations are being developed to curb this practice. ...Read more

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How to prevent childhood obesity and well control the weight of children?

How to prevent childhood obesity and well control the weight of children?

Obesity: Give plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Include low fat or non fat milk if the child is more than 2 years old.Also plenty of water intake and discourage drinking soda or juice. Encourage atleast 60 minutes of physicial activity daily and discourage sedentary life style. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the main reasons for the recent increase in childhood obesity?

Doctors, what are the main reasons for the recent increase in childhood obesity?

Poor food choices: Food choices including empty calories like soda juice. Too much fast food. Poor access to super markets and fresh foods. And a serious decrease in physical activity and playtime ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Obesity In Children (Definition)

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 ...Read more