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My parents were both obese, is that why i am?

My parents were both obese, is that why i am?

OBESITY...: Does not happen automatically, it is mainly due to increase calorie intake and less utilization. A lot of time we see obesity runs in families due to lifestyle. Self awareness, knowledge, determination, willingness will help you to solve your concern. Medical help is always available when it is a problem. Sit with your primary care doctor and discuss about it. ...Read more

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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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Will parents be held responsable for their obese children?

Will parents be held responsable for their obese children?

To a Degree: Yes to a degree. Parents often give reasons for their child's obesity. "it is genetic" or "they really don't eat much "etc.And that may be correct. But as in poker, one has to play the hand they are dealt.Thus the parent provides the food and is responsible for promoting good nutrition and proper exercise.So yes, for small children. ...Read more

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What would be the most common main reasons that parents are responsible for making their child obesity?

What would be the most common main reasons that parents are responsible for making their child obesity?

Poor diet/ no exerc.: Children need to eat healthy diets and avoid many of the high calorie/ high fat foods that are marketed to them. Avoiding greasy, fatty, fast foods is sooo important. Limiting high calorie beverages such as soda and excessive fruit juice is essential. Baking or grilling versus frying is recommended. Healthy snack choices should be presented instead of chips and candy. Of course-exercise-stay activ. ...Read more

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What can a parent do to improve the problem of childhood obesity?

What can a parent do to improve the problem of childhood obesity?

Childhood obesity: To help your children be healthier make the environment conducive to better eating habits. Stock the house with healthy foods and avoid fattening fast foods. Control portion sizes for everyone in the family. Get the whole family on an exercise regimen. Basically, be a positive, and health oriented, role model for your children. ...Read more

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Child obesity:how significant is the parental influence in causing this?

Child obesity:how significant is the parental influence in causing this?

Depends on how you: Define parent :) genetic parents - very significant childrens weight of obese-parents correlates with the genetic parents, not adoptive parents who are not genetically related. ...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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Why don't parents take a stand against rise of childhood diabetes and obesity ?

Why don't parents take a stand against rise of childhood diabetes and obesity ?

Good question: There are several reasons that this is the case. Fast foods are cheap and we're in an economic crisis. Lack of proper education about healthy foods and the dangers of obesity is a major factor in most of our population. Cultural differences affect how many people look at obesity. Many don't see obesity as a problem at all. Food additives, the removal of fiber to preserve food shelf life...Etc. ...Read more

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I know a 9-year-old who is obese but her parents want to arrange regular exercise schedule. Would it be beneficial for celine?

I know a 9-year-old who is obese but her parents want to arrange regular exercise schedule. Would it be beneficial for celine?

Yes: All 9 year olds should have regular physical activity, whether through sports, exercise, or just play. More importantly, however, the issue of her obesity needs to be addressed by changes to her diet in addition to more activity. ...Read more

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M indian.If during the conceiving of first child parents were slim and during second child they were obese, more chance of second child becoming obese?

M indian.If during the conceiving of first child parents were slim and during second child they were obese, more chance of second child becoming obese?

Yes, but:: The risk has more to do with parents maintaining an "obese lifestyle." the interesting thing is, when obese children go to a weight reduction camp, come back slimmer and maintain healthy weight a year later, their parents are statistically more likely to lose weight as well, by being influenced by changes in the child's routine. ...Read more

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M indian.If childhood obesity is becoming common everywhere, parents, teachers must take initiative & ensure children are getting enough exercise right?

M indian.If childhood obesity is becoming common everywhere, parents, teachers must take initiative & ensure children are getting enough exercise right?

Good thoughts: Obesity is a function of ingestion, frequently of fast food and sugary drinks, and lack of activity. The modern lifestyle encourages these types of misbehavior. Children used to be rushed out of doors and would actively play - now they commonly get electronics and play indoors with video games and activities. Rushed parents take the easy route with preprepared food commonly unhealthy. ...Read more