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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Obesity In Children (Overview)

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 your pediatrician for 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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Dr. Tanya Russo
195 doctors shared insights

Obesity In Children (Overview)

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 your pediatrician for 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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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
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Obesity in children (Tip)

Diet sodas are proven to increase obesity! Avoid all sodas. Have water, coffee, tea or try kombucha. ...See more

Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
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Overcoming Obesity (Checklist)

Limit your sugar and carbohydrate intake
Once
Exercise regularly
Weekly
Eat a balanced diet
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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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How do genetics affects obesity in children?

How do genetics affects obesity in children?

Only a little: Prior to 1979, pediatric overweight/obesity was at a flat rate of about 5% in the U.S. It had been at 5% since the records were first kept, beginning in the 1950's. Starting in 1980 there has been an increase every year, and we are now near 20%. So it appears that about 5% of kids will be overweight/obese and part of that is genetic. The rest is related to our lifestyle in this country. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Wright Dr. Wright
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Obesity in children (Tip)

Get fitter america! obesity rates doubled between 1990 and 2010 and they continue to rise! ...See more

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What is the government doing in preventing obesity in children and teenagers?

What is the government doing in preventing obesity in children and teenagers?

Childhood obesity: The government has began some plans in helping educate and treat the increasing problem of childhood obesity but the real prevention should start at home with educating families on eating healthier and exercising regularly. ...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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Obesity in children (Tip)

Liposuction and other cosmetic surgical treatments are not treatments for obesity. ...See more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more