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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. 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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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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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 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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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

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


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