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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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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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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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Has the ban on junk food adverts had any positive effects on obesity in children?

Has the ban on junk food adverts had any positive effects on obesity in children?

Some positive effect: A study published last summer in the journal pediatrics concludes that laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity. Students exposed to strong laws at baseline gained less weight and were less likely to remain overweight or obese over time than students in states with no laws. ...Read more

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What role does nutrition play in how we prevent obesity in children and adolescents?

What role does nutrition play in how we prevent obesity in children and adolescents?

A lot: Obesity in children or adolescents or adults is due to imbalance of intake and expenditure of calories. A simple view is that obesity is the result of taking in more calories than are expended. Caloric restriction and increase in physical activity are both important in controlling obesity. ...Read more

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What role does nutrition play in how we assess, treat, and prevent obesity in children?

What role does nutrition play in how we assess, treat, and prevent obesity in children?

Nutrition: For babies 1. breast feed as long as possible 2. don't introduce fruit juices until they are atleast six months old. Limit juices to less than 4 oz in a day 3. soothe your babywith something other than juice or bottle milk; use gentle touch, calm environment Children >1 year: nutritional education, stimulus control, modification of eating habits, physical activity, attitude change, reinforcement ...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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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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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. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1775472781/1708440999?token=378a5145 ...Read more

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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 happens if you didn't know anything about childhood obesity, what would you want to know about it?

What happens if you didn't know anything about childhood obesity, what would you want to know about it?

How to prevent: you would want to know how to prevent it- through good eating practices, making good food choices, being active , and eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, Limit screen time to TV and video games to no more than two hours daily. Try to get one hour of moderate to rigorous activity daily. Limit sugar sweetened drinks daily. ...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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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

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Why are parents most responsible for childhood obesity?

Why are parents most responsible for childhood obesity?

Kids dont buy food: for the most part it is the parent who buy the food, prepare the food and give the portions to the children. A parent doesnt have to give into a child's desire for junk food and should set an example of what a nutrition is. Parents can also limit TV time and video time and encourage their children to be more active. The parents play a large role in their childs dietary habits. ...Read more

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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

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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 serious is childhood obesity?

How serious is childhood obesity?

Obesity: Now is the right time to take your child to a dietitian! ...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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Fast Food (Definition)

Fast food is food that is prepared quickly through a standardized method and is provided at cheap restaurants. Examples of fast food include pizza, burgers, and French fries. Fast food is often loaded with excess sodium, fat, and calories, and increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. ...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