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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


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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

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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 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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Who keeps statistics on child obesity in the world?

Who keeps statistics on child obesity in the world?

WHO: The world health organization and the cdc (centers for disease control and prevention). ...Read more

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In the united states. Is morbid obesity in teens happening more?

In the united states. Is morbid obesity in teens happening more?

Yes: Overweight/obesity/morbid obesity has increased in all pediatric age groups (2-18 years old) every year since 1980. ...Read more

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How can fetal alcohol syndrome present in toddlers and school age children?

How can  fetal alcohol syndrome present in toddlers and school age children?

Delays: Delays in maturity, learning, behaviors and intellectual functioning. It's important to get this clarified early so appropriate classroom and grade placement is implemented. Google fetal alcohol syndrome and read up on it. ...Read more

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Are kids gaining weight because the pe programs were dropped in schools?

Are kids gaining weight because the pe programs were dropped in schools?

Hard to say: This is really not a medical question, but more of a social political one. That said the amount of exercise provided by school pe is trivial. A larger reason children may be getting obese is the overall lack of exercise caused by decreased opportunities for "pick up sports" that kids once played ( sandlot ball! ) .Sports may become overly organized and the province of only the athletically gifted. ...Read more

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New Lancet article: Obesity in middle age lowers Alzheimer's risk by a third. New Neurology: Obesity in middle age increases risk fourfold. What gives?

New Lancet article: Obesity in middle age lowers Alzheimer's risk by a third. New Neurology: Obesity in middle age increases risk fourfold. What gives?

Haven't seen either: Article are written many ways and you need to see the article to clarify it. They may have looked at different groups, may have assumes the wrong information, put in misinformation, used different statistical models etc. An in depth analysis may explain this ...Read more

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Do teen pregnancy statistics mix the 18-19 yr old adults with the 16-17 year olds?

Do teen pregnancy statistics mix the 18-19 yr old adults with the 16-17 year olds?

Good question: It depends which studies you are looking at. Most will define it as less than 19 years old. By changing the definition though to an earlier age the statistics will obviously change. Most news stories do not usually clarify that. For accurate numbers go to the national campaign to prevent teen pregnancy website. They are a well funded nonpartisan group with accurate information. ...Read more

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Why is child obesity more common in lower income families than in higher income households?

Why is child obesity more common in lower income families than in higher income households?

Cheap food: Many reasons: cheap food is one. Salmon is $11.99 a pound and most fast food places have a "dollar menu." exercise is one: higher ses families can afford sports/lessons/gym/etc. Knowledge is one: an understanding of the problem and the education to know that prevention is vip. There are many more, I am sure, but not much room here... ...Read more

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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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Why now would sitting in school contribute to obesity in children?

Why now would sitting in school contribute to obesity in children?

More complicated: Kids have been sitting in school for centuries. Pediatric obesity is a much more recent phenomenon. From an activity standpoint, kids are sitting more in general: in front of tv, computers, video games. Less physical activity including less pe in school. Of greater devastation is our diet in this country which has become higher in calories overall, mostly contributed to by bad fats & refined carb. ...Read more

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Why has childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in kids become so common over the past 10 years in the u.S?

Why has childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in kids become so common over the past 10 years in the u.S?

Poor food, sugar bev: There is a direct correlation with the increase in childhood obesity and sugary beverage consumption. The facts regarding this are astounding. In addition, children are victimized by advertising in their tv programming that predisposes them towards horrible foods (sugar cereals) that disguise themselves as healthy (i.e., whole grain etc). Portion sizes have grown while nutrition is depleted. ...Read more

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Can starvation in children prevent growth of adult teeth?

Can starvation in children prevent growth of adult teeth?

Sure: Starvation can cause many developmental problems. I am curious as to why you ask about starvation. ...Read more

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Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

No: There is no association between older parents and learning disabilities. Although, older mom's are more likely to have babies with down syndrome. And, there is emerging evidence that older fathers maybe at risk to have children with autism. Both of which, may have learning problems. ...Read more

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How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

US Dept of Education: From dr. Mark batshaw's book, children with disabilities, the national center for education services in 2011 reported that over 6. 6 million students received special education sevices in 2007-08, of which 2.5 million were classified as having specific learning disabilities. And that's just school-aged children. ...Read more

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Is neuroblastoma stage 4 deadly in teenagers and children in general?

Is neuroblastoma stage 4 deadly in teenagers and children in general?

Improving: We are constantly trying to improve therapy for children with high-risk neuroblastoma (stage 4). Within the last couple of years, the addition of immunotherapy to standard of care therapy greatly improved overall survival from 46% to 66%. Thus, immunotherapy should now be standard of care. ...Read more

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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