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Doctor insights on: Top Contributing Factors To Global Childhood Obesity Crisis

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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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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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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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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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Can you please explain why childhood obesity is so much more of a problem today than the 80's?

Can you please explain why childhood obesity is so much more of a problem today than the 80's?

Inactivity in part: Multiple factors, i think. Easy access to cheap, unhealthy food. Massive portion sizes. Marketing of junk food directly to kids. Too much sugar in multiple forms. Too many sedentary distractions-tv, internet, video games to name a few. Too few safe places to play and exercise. I think all these things contribute to some degree. ...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?

How to battle childhood obesity?

Childhood obesity: My opinion is that we need to change the education we provide as doctors. Obesity is too widespread a disease to battle with a magic pill, special diet, or surgery. It needs the same approach as for hiv, where education helped bring an epidemic under control. Same with tb, measles, polio... There was education and intervention by medical providers. We should start in elementary school, . ...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 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 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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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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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