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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. ...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


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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. ...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 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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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How can we help to fight childhood obesity in america today?

How can we help to fight childhood obesity in america today?

Self control: Eat less. Cut down on starch, sugars. Avoid most prepackaged snack foods, no matter how attractive the advertising. Exercise more. All the things you've been told all your life. If none of that helps, get a professional nutritionist to help you set up a plan you can live with. Ask your physician or pediatrician to recommend a nutritionist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me any scary statistics about childhood obesity?

Can you tell me any scary statistics about childhood obesity?

Childhood obesity: Why do the statistics need to be scary, when there's information that shows how childhood obesity can be helped and treated. Please have the child have a consultation and visit with a pediatrician. ...Read more

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How would I tell kid life be better without childhood obesity?

How would I tell kid life be better without childhood obesity?

Much better: Life in young adults would be better without childhood obesity since this would lead to high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol at younger ages that also will provoke more heart attacks and strokes in much younger adults as we are seen nowdays. Which as a consequence will lead to death at much younger ages. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the best solution for childhood obesity?

Can you tell me about the best solution for childhood obesity?

Childhood obesity: First make sure it's not a medical condition. A pediatrician should be consulted about this. There could be a referral to see if there's psychological and/or emotional problems that go along with the obesity. Sometimes parenting classes and education helps in terms of what is healthy nutrition, how to model it for the child, and how to help a child with personal limits. ...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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Please, can you describe the primary dangers of childhood obesity?

Please, can you describe the primary dangers of childhood obesity?

See below: Obese child is very likely to become an obese adult. Morbidities associated with obesity in children include: metabolic syndrome (hyperglycemic, hyperlipidemic, higher blood pressure); fatty liver; hip joint problem (slipped femoral capital epiphysis); bowing of lower legs; and more. ...Read more

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Why is childhood obesity considered to be a growing health problem?

Why is childhood obesity considered to be a growing health problem?

We're just now: Noticing it. Seriously, it's probably gotten as bad as it's ever possible to get. Recent years the incidence has leveled off in the US (but not worldwide).
bad eating habits develop in childhood as does the pattern of what is comfort food.
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What is the federal government do to lower childhood obesity rates?

What is the federal government do to lower childhood obesity rates?

Unlikely to help: This battle is a complex one but not one any new bureaucracy can help. Outlawing directed advertising to small children could help (sugar coated cereal, sodas, junk food) but those industries pay lobbyists & contribute to politicians to keep things as they are. Parents need to turn off the tv & learn to feed their kids healthy & keep them exercising. ...Read more

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What does childhood obesity predict for the child? In terms of future illnesses?

What does childhood obesity predict for the child? In terms of future illnesses?

Metabolic syndrome: As an adult, the metabolic syndrome of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and elevated lipids will lead to a shortened life span with cardiac issues, stroke, and early death. ...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