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What causes childhood obesity?

What causes childhood obesity?

Poor food choices &: Food choices including empty calories like soda and juice. Too much fast food. Poor access to super markets and fresh foods. And a serious decrease in physical activity and playtime. And much less commonly endocrine issues or secondary causes.

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How to battle childhood obesity?

How to battle childhood obesity?

Portion control: Portion control and better food choices. A sugar layden fat layden dessert is OK as a treat rarely. A fresh fruit is a healthier choice and less likely to lead to obesity. Its a matter of portion and frequency of poor choices. We need to educate ourselves and our children. Also less time on the couch and more in activity is helpful as well. Limit TV to 2 hours a day.

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How serious is childhood obesity?

How serious is childhood obesity?

Obesity: Now is the right time to take your child to a dietitian!

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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.

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What is dangerous about childhood obesity?

What is dangerous about childhood obesity?

So many things: Obese children are likely to be obese adults. They are far more likely to experience a wide range of physical problems including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, etc. In addition, they are more likely to experience social stigma, be bullied by peers, have lower self-esteem and be depressed. There consequences of childhood obesity are profound.

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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.

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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.

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What are the consequences of childhood obesity?

What are the consequences of childhood obesity?

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.

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How serious of a us problem is childhood obesity?

How serious of a us problem is childhood obesity?

HUGE (no pun intende: As many as 1/3 of kids are obese or high risk for obesity. This, generally, continues into adulthood with a huge risk of diabetes, cardiac disease, high blood pressure and the like.

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Could there be a good solution on childhood obesity?

Could there be a good solution on childhood obesity?

More in than out: Unless there is a diagnosed medical condition obesity is caused by consuming more calories than are being burned off. Our diets have become very high in processed foods, especially carbohydrates and children are very sedentary as too much time is spent with electronics. Go outside and play, limit electronics, soda, fruit juice and sports drinks and processed foods. Move to whole food diet.

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How should life be better without childhood obesity?

How should life be better without childhood obesity?

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.

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Is childhood obesity due to unhealthy habits or food?

Is childhood obesity due to unhealthy habits or food?

Both: Childhood obesity is predominantly due to excessive calories and decreased physical activity. Kids need to exercise daily. Also, they have no reason to drink soda's, juice, or any other form of caloric beverage if they are overweight or obese. Here is some background on childhood obesity: http://1.Usa. Gov/lbwdrt.

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What's currently being done to reduce childhood obesity?

What's currently being done to reduce childhood obesity?

AAP flyers: The american academy of pediatrics has sent out to all their pediatricians information about limiting sugar drinks, increasing fruits and vegetables to 5 servings a day. And to exercise vigorously about a hour daily. Limiting sugar drinks alone could have a major impact on childhood obesity.

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What has caused the recent increase in childhood obesity?

What has caused the recent increase in childhood obesity?

Children are: Less active and eat more fast food, junk food and sugared drinks.

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How will childhood obesity affect my child later in life?

How will childhood obesity affect my child later in life?

Medical consequences: Medical consequences of childhood obesity are many. Obese kids can get cholesterol plaques in the arteries, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. Liver damage from fatty liver (fat building up inside the liver) starts in teenagers, but heart damage should not appear until adulthood. Other problems include being teased by others and being too out-of-shape to fully participate in games & sports.

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What effect does childhood obesity have on his adult life?

What effect does childhood obesity have on his adult life?

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.

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I was wondering what are the dangers of childhood obesity?

I was wondering what are the dangers of childhood obesity?

Many: Probably the biggest danger is adult obesity. Obese children usually become obese adults. There are injuries to the joints over time along with type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Many obese children are teased and bullied about weight. This can lead to self destructive behavior, depression, etc.

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What are the biological contributors to childhood obesity?

What are the biological contributors to childhood obesity?

Genes, diet exercise: A complex question. Kids can inherit a predisposition to obesity from one or both parents, but whether they actually become obese depends a lot on their caloric intake (especially if they consume lots of high sugar foods and drinks) and how much energy they expend on exercise. Newer research also suggests that the bacteria in your gut may have an important effect on how easily some people gain

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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