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Doctor insights on: Obesity Among Children

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How can children avoid becoming obese?

How can children avoid becoming obese?

Obesity avoidance: Sedentary lifestyle (not enough exercise), excessive portion size and high sugar/carbohydrate/fat/processed food diets are the most prevalent culprits in childhood obesity. All family members should be engaged in healthy lifestyles to prevent obesity in both short and long term. ...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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Are there any exercises for obese children?

Are there any exercises for obese children?

Exercises: Yes, but you don't need to focus on any specific exercise. Just get them to be active, play a sport, ride a bike, etc. The other huge component is nutrition. You need to minimize the amount of sugar, carbs, fat, that they eat. Cut out the candy, soda, ice cream, fruit punch, fast food, etc. Keep this stuff out of the house, and it will make everyone healthy. ...Read more

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How does obesity specifically affect children?

See below: Metabolic syndrome consisting of hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia, and hypertension is often noted. Some other effects are: fatty liver, PCOS, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, bowing of legs, increased incidence of headache, flat feet, and low self esteem. ...Read more

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What foods should I make for my obese children?

What foods should I make for my obese children?

Healthy foods/ 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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Can there be any professional help for obese children?

Can there be any professional help for obese children?

Yes: Many childrens hospital's have programs to assist obese children. Here in philadelphia, many of the health insurance programs offer assistance and information on childhood obesity programs that are covered by your particular insurance. Try your insurance plan first! seek out nutritionists who are familiar with childhood obesity. Check your local children's hospital for prog. If there is one nearby. ...Read more

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Does obesity impact children more negatively than it does adults?

Does obesity impact children more negatively than it does adults?

In many ways: Children have the capacity to develop more fat cells until late childhood. After that, fat cells can get larger. So, an obese child will struggle more with weight loss as an adult than an adult who was a thin child. Additionally, the extra weight is particularly hard on the developing weight bearing joints, heart, lungs and self esteem. In my opinion, not addressing child obesity is abusive. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the problems of children obesity?

Need expert help here. What are the problems of children obesity?

Diabetes etc: an obese child can develop insulin resistance and become diabetic at an early age. Obese children are also at increased risk for fatty livers- especially if they are insulin resistant. They also might get sleep apnea with daytime fatigue and hip and joint problems from the excess weight. High blood pressure is also a problem to be concerned about ...Read more

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Could obesity has any effect on children height's growth and increse?

Could obesity has any effect on children height's growth and increse?

Yes: A high percentage of obese children develop medical problems like diabetes early in the adulthood. Parents of obese children should focus on increasing the child's physical activity and limiting access to unhealthy foods. ...Read more