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Childhood Obesity Endemic Or Epidemic
Childhood obesity: My opinion is that we need to change the education we provide as doctors. Obesity is too widespread a disease to battle with a magic pill, special diet, or surgery. It needs the same approach as for hiv, where education helped bring an epidemic under control. Same with tb, measles, polio... There was education and intervention by medical providers. We should start in elementary school, . ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
See below: This country has an epidemic of obesity. The adult population is among the heaviest in the world, if not the heaviest. This increases the rate of diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiac disease just to mention a few problems. This increases the demands on an overloaded health system. If the children are getting fat as well then they will have these medical problems sooner, rather than later. ...Read more
Very: Its very serious and getting worse.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be many: There are not only physical effects, but also emotional effects on children with obesity. Some of the long-term health complications include diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep problems, and high blood pressure. In some cases asthma may be worsened by obesity.The emotional effects of childhood obesity should not be overlooked. These concerns include depression, bullying and poor self image. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
OBESITY.HI RISK: All kinds of diseases increase if someone is obese, especially if this obesity is scince childhood obese people have lower life expectancy than none obese ones. I suggest that an obese person should get medical help to loose weight immediatly. Please go visit your doctor and talk to him/her. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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