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Doctor insights on: The Growing Incidence Of Obesity In Middle Childhood

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Incidence (Definition)

...That is a measure of the risk of developing some new condition within a certain period of time. The incidence rate is the # of new cases per population that develop a disease over a period of time. So, in a population of 100, if 5 people develop the disease within 5 years, the incidence rate is 5% over 5 years. Compare to 'prevalence', which measures the total # ...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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What is the incidence of ear infections in preschoolers?

What is the incidence of ear infections in preschoolers?

30 ? : There are some children who will never have an ear infection. Some will have a whole bunch. The exact incidence is not important. By age 2, you'll know what the story is. Being around smokers, being in daycare, having allergies, will all predispose to ear infections. The more exposure to irritants and viruses, the more likely. Good nutrition, treating allergies, avoiding smoke exposure, helps. ...Read more

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Is there a relationship bethween Central precocious puberty in childhood and the slow down of basal metabolism in adulthood? Thanks

Is there a relationship bethween Central precocious puberty in childhood and the slow down of basal metabolism in adulthood? Thanks

No: Most central precocious puberty in girls are benign and not related to adult illness or metabolism . Most central precocious puberty in boys are due to brain tumor, and need to be treated . ...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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What has caused the recent increase in childhood obesity?

What has caused the recent increase in childhood obesity?

Children are: less active and eat more fast food, junk food and sugared drinks. ...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 are the childhood signs of schizophrenia appeared in adulthood?

What are the childhood signs of schizophrenia appeared in adulthood?

Not diagnostic: When schizophrenia is diagnosed in a teenage or adult, in retrospect one may reflect that their personality seemed a little off compared to siblings, especially socially. I have experience with 4: two seemed completely normal until mid teens, the other 2 avoided eye contact, had tactile sensitivity, and seemed anxious, sx seen with pervasive devel dis, or ASD. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/childhood-schizophrenia/basics/symptoms/CON-20029260 ...Read more

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What is risk of cancer in children born in china in past 20 years?

What is risk of cancer in children born in china in past 20 years?

Probably the same.: The risk of cancer depends on environmental as well as genetic factors . China has modernized greeatly in the past 20 years, so the likely have risks for cancer increase from industrialization, but then their health care and living standards have also likely improved, so this would likely decrease their risk. The gene pool has not changed, so the occurrence of cancer is likely to be the same. ...Read more

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Which factors affect the risk of bone fracture in older women?

Which factors affect the risk of bone fracture in older women?

Many factors: The important factors are osteoporosis, lack of activity and other health problems she may have. ...Read more

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Is bullying in middle school a big cause of problems later in life?

Is bullying in middle school a big cause of problems later in life?

Yes, it can.: Bullying canhave very negative, long lasting effects on one's self esteem and self confidence. If one is still struggling with the consequences of trauma such as bullying, starting therapy targeting these issues would be advisable. ...Read more

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Why is the prevalence of obesity so high in recent years?

Why is the prevalence of obesity so high in recent years?

Modern obesity.: Several reasons why obesity is so prevalent nowadays. Technology has made us all quite sedentary. We tend to eat foods of convenience rather than sitting down for slow, healthy family meals. We're often working too hard to get adequate sleep and we're under constant stress. Often we state we don't have time to exercise. ...Read more

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What are the stages of puberty in males?

What are the stages of puberty in males?

Tanner stages: Tanner stage 1: child. Stage 2: enlargement of the testes and beginnings of pubic hair. Stage 3: more pubic hair. Beginning of hair elsewhere. Stage 4: thick pubic hair in pubic area. Stage 5: pubic hair grows up towards belly button, mature testes, physically adult. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of hearing loss in infants?

What is the incidence of hearing loss in infants?

0.1-0.3 %: The most accurate estimates from universal neonatal screening programs place the rate of bilateral hearing loss (greater than 35 db) at 1.4 to 3 per 1000 live births. In more than half of them the deafness is inherited. ...Read more

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Effect of childhood meningitis in later part of life. Encephalomalicia in parital region.

Effect of childhood meningitis in later part of life. Encephalomalicia in parital region.

MENINGITIS: The sequelae of meningitis as a child can leave scaring . I would follow up with your doctor and also get an EEG, o evaluate for a seizure focus. And a consult with a Neurologist as well. If you are not have symptoms they will probably monitor you clinically . ...Read more

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Can achondroplasia occur in adults if the mutation occurs in the fgfr3 gene during adulthood?

Can achondroplasia occur in adults if the mutation occurs in the fgfr3 gene during adulthood?

Childhood disease: Achondroplasia is usually a mutation that presents itself in a newborn child not adults. ...Read more

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How common are non-metastatic cancers of the hypothalamus in adults?

How common are non-metastatic cancers of the hypothalamus in adults?

Not common: Primary malignant cancers arising from the hypothalamus are very uncommon. Benign hypothalamic tumors or secondary neoplastic involvement is more likely. ...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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Why is childhood obesity considered to be a growing health problem?

Why is childhood obesity considered to be a growing health problem?

We're just now: noticing it. Seriously, it's probably gotten as bad as it's ever possible to get. Recent years the incidence has leveled off in the US (but not worldwide). bad eating habits develop in childhood as does the pattern of what is comfort food. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1775472781/1708440999?token=378a5145 ...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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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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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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My friend weighs 96 kgs...she has been obese since childhood...nothing is working out.... Would love to hv some useful tips which will actually work!!

My friend weighs 96 kgs...she has been obese since childhood...nothing is working out....
Would love to hv some useful tips which will actually work!!

Doctor can help: The laws of physics say that the calories that one eats or drinks must be used up. Whatever is not used up must be stored. The long-term storage form is fat. Her doctor can look to see if she has a hormonal problem that causes her to take in too many calories, to not use the calories, or to store them as fat too quickly. Sometimes, the problem is genetic (born with it). How thin are her relatives? ...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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How should life be better without childhood obesity?

How should life be better without childhood obesity?

See below: This country has an epidemic of obesity. The adult population is among the heaviest in the world, if not the heaviest. This increases the rate of diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiac disease just to mention a few problems. This increases the demands on an overloaded health system. If the children are getting fat as well then they will have these medical problems sooner, rather than later. ...Read more

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What has caused the recent increase in childhood obesity?

Children are: less active and eat more fast food, junk food and sugared drinks. ...Read more

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

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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What is the federal government do to lower childhood obesity rates?

What is the federal government do to lower childhood obesity rates?

Unlikely to help: This battle is a complex one but not one any new bureaucracy can help. Outlawing directed advertising to small children could help ( sugar coated cereal, sodas, junk food) but those industries pay lobbyists & contribute to politicians to keep things as they are. Parents need to turn off the tv & learn to feed their kids healthy & keep them exercising. ...Read more

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What happens if you didn't know anything about childhood obesity, what would you want to know about it?

What happens if you didn't know anything about childhood obesity, what would you want to know about it?

How to prevent: you would want to know how to prevent it- through good eating practices, making good food choices, being active , and eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, Limit screen time to TV and video games to no more than two hours daily. Try to get one hour of moderate to rigorous activity daily. Limit sugar sweetened drinks daily. ...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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What has junk food advertising done to childhood obesity?

What has junk food advertising done to childhood obesity?

Definite increase: There is a strong connection between junk food advertisements and eating habits. Fast food and especially soft drink commercials are also very strong culprits contributing to childhood obesity. Data showed that the beverage industry spent more than $3 billion/yr marketing to kids. One of three kids are currently at risk for obesity. Regulations are being developed to curb this practice. ...Read more

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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 (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