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Doctor insights on: Negative Cognitive Effects Of Obesity In Children

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
4,506 doctors shared insights

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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What are the long term effects of early obesity in children?

What are the long term effects of early obesity in children?

Many: Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, early heart disease, increased risk of colon cancer, increased risk of knee problems. Infertility and increase risk of ovarian cancer in later life for obese girls. The list of bad things gets longer every day. ...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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How can we decrease obesity in children?

How can we decrease obesity in children?

2 things: Nutrition and exercise together are the way to preventing obesity in children (and adults). Kids should eat fresh, healthy, non-processed foods most of the time. Kids also must be active (really active, not just walking) for an hour a day. They need to drink water and avoid all sweet liquids (juice, pop, gatorade, chocolate milk, etc.). ...Read more

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What can be done ?About obesity in children?

What can be done ?About obesity in children?

Education.: We have to target the young, I feel. Teach young kids the value of proper nutrition and regular exercise. Limit time with video games, computers and texting. At home, emphasize healthy food choices at the family table where everyone eats together. Desserts are special, not daily. Teach the kids,,and their parents and grandparents will follow. ...Read more

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What're the major causes of obesity in children?

Poor choices: poor food choices, lack of portion control, inactivity, TV time, are all contributing factors to obesity in the united states. ...Read more

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Should obesity in children be considered neglect?

Hard to say: That is a question for law makers. As a physician i'd argue yes but many other people would disagree with me. There is no science as to right or wrong here, just a lot of opinion (and everyone is entitled to their own opinion). ...Read more

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How do medical professionals treat obesity in children?

How do  medical professionals treat obesity in children?

Diet & exercise: Unless there is an underlying medical condition, of which there are several, that can cause obesity, diet and exercise are the way all obesity is treated. In some cases, anti-obesity surgery is being used. However, before this, the child should be evaluated to make sure he/she doesn't have any medical condition causing obesity, starting with his pediatrician, and involving specialists if needed. ...Read more

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What are some reasons obesity in children is increasing?

Many.: Their parents are heavier than for children one generation earlier. Eating habits in families of obese children are bad. The cathode ray tube, or led of computers and games burn no calories. It also displaces play time that previous generations have had. Less calories spent; more bad food= obesity. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on how to fight obesity in children?

Wrap around services: These are our babies. They deserve all the love and attention. And the best food and play. Less tv. More play. More community. Limit sugary food and cook together. ...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