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Doctor insights on: Middle Childhood Obesity And Cognitive Development Effects

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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

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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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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Does childhood obesity usually distort the liver tests?

Does childhood obesity usually distort the liver tests?

It might: Obesity is a disease in itself and can effect many organs in the body. As I have said in many answers sugar in all its forms is the main culprit, even diet drinks because they produce what is known as oxidative stress.Particularly in the lower brain that computes are ability to adapt to changes in the environment. Poor nutrition is the clue. ...Read more

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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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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

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