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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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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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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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Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam

Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam

It depends: There are so many factors that may affect the decision. It depends on the health of the grandparents. If it happens, looking to get support from others in the family is very important. The age of the children may also be a factor. This is a long-term commitment. Many times the grandparents can be stressed. Making sure there is adequate financial support is also important. ...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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Are parents to blame for global developmental delay?

Are parents to blame for global developmental delay?

very unlikely : In most cases of developmental delay parents are not directly or indirectly responsible. Exceptions might include substance abuse during pregnancy, head trauma from abuse or severe neglect leading to failure to thrive but these will have other associated findings not just developmental delay. It is best to speak with the provider to make sure a thorough evaluation is done. ...Read more

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Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Hard to say: Geneticists estimate that each of us carry a few recessive genes that will not harm us, but when paired with another can produce a baby with things like CF, sickle cell, and any of thousands of metabolic disorders like PKU.Marriage between close relatives increases this risk.You can get tested for the recessive gene in some cases, so having a consultation with a geneticist may help you. ...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

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Does childhood abuse and neglect often lead to adult criminal behavior?

Does childhood abuse and neglect often lead to adult criminal behavior?

Maybe: Abused children are much more highly represented among the ranks of poor learners, misbehaving, aggressive and oppositional conduct disordered kids. These conditions can subsequently lead to adult criminal behavior if interventions don't occur in childhood. ...Read more

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Will un-born children be mentally affected by parents history of mental illness?

Will un-born children be mentally affected by parents history of mental illness?

Possible: There are genetic predispositions for some mental illnesses. A consultation with a geneticist would give you more specific answers. ...Read more

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How to battle childhood obesity?

How to battle childhood obesity?

Portion control: portion control and better food choices. A sugar layden fat layden dessert is OK as a treat rarely. A fresh fruit is a healthier choice and less likely to lead to obesity. Its a matter of portion and frequency of poor choices. We need to educate ourselves and our children. Also less time on the couch and more in activity is helpful as well. Limit TV to 2 hours a day. ...Read more

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Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Other Problems: Societal problems such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and lack of availability of mental health services contribute to violence in our society. Some of our regulations also need to be re-examined. ...Read more

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Who is to blame for the rise of childhood obesity?

Who is to blame for the rise of childhood obesity?

All of us: Like many things in life this one is multifactorial. Kids spend less time running and playing. Cheaper high carbohydrate foods are so much easier to get rather than healthy stuff. Both parents working thus easier to hit mcdonald's instead of a home cooked meal. I could go on forever but that won't solve the problem. Lead by example: eat healthier, walk a little more. No hypocrisy! ...Read more

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Parenting advice for children with big weight problems?

Parenting advice for children with big weight problems?

Practice,then preach: The mopst important point is to set a good example by eating prudently and exercising. Exercise, when you can do it with a child, is best. Keep your home free of junk food and sugared beverages. Obesity is not only cosmetic, but poses long term health risks. The likelyhood of a teenager who is obese at 16m is a virtual; lock on obesity for the rest of there lives. Maje sure your weight is ok. ...Read more

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After a childhood of sexual abuse, bullying and parental neglect, how can someone as an adult bring themselves to trust again?

After a childhood of sexual abuse, bullying and parental neglect, how can someone as an adult bring themselves to trust again?

Therapy: With someone who is trained in working with victims of abuse and neglect. You also want to find someone that you can feel somewhat comfortable with. You can find a local psychologist here: locator.Apa.Org ask about special experience in working with survivors of trauma and neglect. Be well. ...Read more

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Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Your's : Your's child's behavior is obviously disrupting his life as well as yours. It sounds like you have tried some behvior modification techniques and haven't been successful. The first place to start is with your pediatrician to help guide you to resources in your area for child psychologists or developmental/ behavioral pediatric specialists. These specialist can help determine if this is a simple behavioral problem that can be managed with behavioral techniques or if there he has a disorder such as odd, adhd. It sounds like it's time to ask for help. ...Read more

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Should a parent share their abusive past with their children to help explain his/her emotional problem?

Should a parent share their abusive past with their children to help explain his/her emotional problem?

Depends: This depends on several factors related to the current situation. The parent would need to examine his/her motives for sharing such information. The appropriateness of this would also be impacted by the age and/or maturity level of the children. I would suggest discussing the matter with a therapist before making a decision about this. Such a disclosure could be helpful, but there are risks. ...Read more

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Do undiagnosed bipolar parents lead to severely depressed offspring(from all the unreined in verbal abuse while growing up)?

Do undiagnosed bipolar parents lead to severely depressed offspring(from all the unreined in verbal abuse while growing up)?

Living in an abusive: Home as a child impacts on the emotional health of any child. Since children are unable to get out of their home without help from adults, they are traumatized by abusive parents. If you are concerned that a child is being abuse, you can report it to child protective agencies anonymously and it will be investigated. ...Read more

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Whos more likely to get kids graduated? Religious or nonreligious poor parents?

Whos more likely to get kids graduated? Religious or nonreligious poor parents?

That sounds like a : Study the government would fund with your hard earned tax dollars! one more study, couple hundred thousand bucks, instead of common sense good parenting. Why not? ...Read more

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Why don't males often seek help for childhood abuse?

Why don't males often seek help for childhood abuse?

Takes great courage: I agree with dr. Khalily about shame being a barrier preventing men from seeking such help. I've treated many men who did acknowledge sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Even though they were little boys when these things happened, they blamed themselves for not being able to stop the perpetrators (who were much larger adults). Their parents either were the abusers or didn't intervene. ...Read more

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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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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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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

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How serious is childhood obesity?

How serious is childhood obesity?

Obesity: Now is the right time to take your child to a dietitian! ...Read more

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How is childhood obesity harmful?

How is childhood obesity harmful?

So many ways: Precursor to adult obesity. Creates lifetime eating habits. Precursor to diabetes, heart problems, and host of other health problems including premature death. Additionally, more likely to be picked on at school, experience depression, stress and low -self esteem. Childhood obesity may be the #1 problem facing our youth today and the problem continues to grow. ...Read more

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What factors are contribute childhood obesity?

What factors are contribute childhood obesity?

Mostly food choices: Many factors: genetics plays some role. Parental modeling plays large role. Food available in community, tv ads, reduced physical activities, too much tv. The biggest factor is excess food and poor food choices. To help address the problem feed your child plenty of fruits and vegetables while eliminating all sugary beverages and try to cut back on junk foods. See choosemyplate.Gov. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of childhood obesity?

What are the main causes of childhood obesity?

Intake > output: The recent increase in childhood obesity is highly correlated with the increase in sugary beverages, high fat foods, decreased physical activity, and poor overall food choices (few fruits and veg). Genes play a small role with family and society playing the largest roles. Families model eating habits and are responsible for the food their kids eat. Food industry coercive in marketing to kids. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the main dangers of childhood obesity?

Poor health: Childhood obesity leads to diabetes, high blood pressure, low self esteem, poor mobility, and is being included as a possible reason this generation of children is the first to be predicted to not outlive their parents....Pretty sobering information. ...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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What causes childhood obesity?

What causes childhood obesity?

Poor food choices &: Food choices including empty calories like soda and juice. Too much fast food. Poor access to super markets and fresh foods. And a serious decrease in physical activity and playtime. and much less commonly endocrine issues or secondary causes. ...Read more

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How to battle childhood obesity?

Portion control: portion control and better food choices. A sugar layden fat layden dessert is OK as a treat rarely. A fresh fruit is a healthier choice and less likely to lead to obesity. Its a matter of portion and frequency of poor choices. We need to educate ourselves and our children. Also less time on the couch and more in activity is helpful as well. Limit TV to 2 hours a day. ...Read more

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What is dangerous about childhood obesity?

What is dangerous about childhood obesity?

So many things: Obese children are likely to be obese adults. They are far more likely to experience a wide range of physical problems including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, etc. In addition, they are more likely to experience social stigma, be bullied by peers, have lower self-esteem and be depressed. There consequences of childhood obesity are profound. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of childhood obesity?

What are the consequences of childhood obesity?

OBESITY.HI RISK: All kinds of diseases increase if someone is obese, especially if this obesity is scince childhood obese people have lower life expectancy than none obese ones. I suggest that an obese person should get medical help to loose weight immediatly. Please go visit your doctor and talk to him/her. ...Read more

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How serious of a us problem is childhood obesity?

How serious of a us problem is childhood obesity?

HUGE (no pun intende: As many as 1/3 of kids are obese or high risk for obesity. This, generally, continues into adulthood with a huge risk of diabetes, cardiac disease, high blood pressure and the like. ...Read more

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Could there be a good solution on childhood obesity?

Could there be a good solution on childhood obesity?

More in than out : Unless there is a diagnosed medical condition obesity is caused by consuming more calories than are being burned off. Our diets have become very high in processed foods, especially carbohydrates and children are very sedentary as too much time is spent with electronics. Go outside and play, limit electronics, soda, fruit juice and sports drinks and processed foods. Move to whole food diet. ...Read more

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What's currently being done to reduce childhood obesity?

What's currently being done to reduce childhood obesity?

AAP flyers: The american academy of pediatrics has sent out to all their pediatricians information about limiting sugar drinks, increasing fruits and vegetables to 5 servings a day. and to exercise vigorously about a hour daily. Limiting sugar drinks alone could have a major impact on childhood obesity. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the dangers of childhood obesity?

I was wondering what are the dangers of childhood obesity?

Many: Probably the biggest danger is adult obesity. Obese children usually become obese adults. There are injuries to the joints over time along with type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Many obese children are teased and bullied about weight. This can lead to self destructive behavior, depression, etc. ...Read more

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What are the biological contributors to childhood obesity?

What are the biological contributors to childhood obesity?

Genes, diet exercise: A complex question. Kids can inherit a predisposition to obesity from one or both parents, but whether they actually become obese depends a lot on their caloric intake (especially if they consume lots of high sugar foods and drinks) and how much energy they expend on exercise. Newer research also suggests that the bacteria in your gut may have an important effect on how easily some people gain ...Read more

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Please, can you describe the primary dangers of childhood obesity?

Please, can you describe the primary dangers of childhood obesity?

See below: Obese child is very likely to become an obese adult. Morbidities associated with obesity in children include: metabolic syndrome (hyperglycemic, hyperlipidemic, higher blood pressure); fatty liver; hip joint problem (slipped femoral capital epiphysis); bowing of lower legs; and more. ...Read more

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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