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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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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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Why do many parents medicate their children for add/adhd?

Why do many parents medicate their children for add/adhd?

Because it can help: Adhd is the best-studied psychiatric disorder in children. Multiple studies with thousands of patients show that certain medications can markedly reduce seriously impairing symptoms. Unfortunately, no treatments yet available actually cure the disorder, but reducing symptoms may help individuals and their families lead more productive, less chaotic lives. ...Read more

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Why is it that tweens and teens have trouble talking to their parents about their puberty issues?

Why is it that tweens and teens have trouble talking to their parents about their puberty issues?

Uncomfortable: Many adolescents that age simply do not feel comfortable talking about personal/private body issues with their parents. Parents may also be uncomfortable discussing it because of their own issues. Parents are still a good source of information and have the teens/tweens best interest at heart so it is beneficial to start there. Parents can then help with other resources to answer their questions. ...Read more

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Are parents having their children tested for lead poisoning anymore?

Are parents having their children tested for lead poisoning anymore?

Yes: lead testing is a routine part of well child follow ups by pediatricians and family practioners. ...Read more

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Do you know are parents having their children tested for lead poisoning?

Do you know are parents having their children tested for lead poisoning?

Confusing question: Screening tests that indirectly assess lead exposure are part of routine health care for infants. Direct testing for lead is required by medicaid in infants and toddlers. When or if parents are actually taking their kids in for these visits varies within various cultural or family situations.Low level exposure seldom produces clinical symptoms, high level exposure will produce symptoms. ...Read more

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What would be the most common main reasons that parents are responsible for making their child obesity?

What would be the most common main reasons that parents are responsible for making their child obesity?

Poor diet/ no exerc.: Children need to eat healthy diets and avoid many of the high calorie/ high fat foods that are marketed to them. Avoiding greasy, fatty, fast foods is sooo important. Limiting high calorie beverages such as soda and excessive fruit juice is essential. Baking or grilling versus frying is recommended. Healthy snack choices should be presented instead of chips and candy. Of course-exercise-stay activ. ...Read more

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Why would the media be to blame for eating disorders in young teenagers?

Why would the media be to blame for eating disorders in young teenagers?

It is more complex: Media is not the only one to blame for teenage eating disorders. The fashion industry plays a part, as do advertising , parenting, schools, the music and film industry. It is a social psychological phenomenon that has been pushing women and children to aspire to be thin and to assume that their bodies need to look like twiggy to be beautiful. Media will stop promoting this when parents protest. ...Read more

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How can we find other parents of children with genetic problem?

How can we find other parents of children with genetic problem?

Genetic disorders: Use a search engine (google/bing/etc) to get list of support group(s) for the particular genetic disease you're searching. National, state, county medical societies may also be able to provide leads as may major health centers. ...Read more

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Who is going to help provide good health insurance for children of older parents who are seniors when the kids are 26?

Who is going to help provide good health insurance for children of older parents who are seniors when the kids are 26?

Good question: The hopeful political end to this, and it is all political, is universal coverage. Until that point, hope these children by age 26 have a good job with health coverage. Society takes care of them for more severe problems if they have no coverage but this of course shifts the cost to everyone who planned ahead. Watch for this to be a big issue in the 2012 campaign. ...Read more

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How do people get to be born mentally challenged when the parents are not? The parents are normal with no sign of mental problems run in the family.

How do people get to be born mentally challenged when the parents are not? The parents are normal with no sign of mental problems run in the family.

We are complex: You don't identify the type of mental challenges, but generically: there can be pre-natal damage from various maternal diseases, nutritional deficiencies and injury, chemical harm from medication, toxins, alcohol or substance use - peri-natal injury - the effects of childhood nutrition, environmental pollution, social bullying and traumas. Humans are both resilient & fragile - things can go wrong. ...Read more

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Is it true that many boomerangers are staying with parents into their late 20s? Why?

Is it true that many boomerangers are staying with parents into their late 20s? Why?

Kids are loved: And times are tough. Many are stuck between college graduation and first job / graduate school. Parents still live in same house, and it is easier to move back home. Parents miss the kids, and wish the kids have not left. Often it is win-win for both parents and kids, until kids move on to next stage of their life. Sometimes that never happens, which can be ok too. There is no single best path. ...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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Are parents who abuse their kids psychopaths? What can be done to change their behavior?

Are parents who abuse their kids psychopaths? What can be done to change their behavior?

NOT NECESSARILY: Many parents have a conscience and are ignorant and frustrated and don't know what to do. But it takes courage to ask for help and devulge a problem. And some abusive parents are troubled themselves or addicted to drugs or alcohol. When you speak of humans, each case has to be examined before you know the answers. ...Read more

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Are parents having their children tested for lead poisoning?

Are parents having their children tested for lead poisoning?

Well visit: This should be done routinely at their 12m and/or 2 yo visit. ...Read more

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Why do so many kids and teens get cancer ? My daughter knows 2 kids at her school with it and one other friend who is a survivor. Why so common ?

Why do so many kids and teens get cancer ?  My daughter knows 2 kids at her school with it and one other friend who is a survivor.  Why so common ?

Wish we knew:(: Most expert however seem to believe that besides genetics, toxic contamination of environment may be the contributing factor for the seeming uptake in cancer prevalence all across the population. Our ability to diagnose them more readily than before would be an added factor, just like Autism, which has become much prevalent in recent years. ...Read more

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Why can family caregiving cause stress in older children?

Why can family caregiving cause stress in older children?

Attention: I understand your question to be caring for a parent with your own children at home. It seems that children may feel ignored at times. ...Read more

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Why may ssris "cause suicide in teens, children or young adults"? What about this age cohort makes them different responders to ssris

Why may ssris "cause suicide in teens, children or young adults"? What about this age cohort makes them different responders to ssris

Changing brain: It may be some time before we know. However, the young and adolescent brain is going through dramatic changes in is linkages/interconnections that does not occur after ~ age 25 when the brain reaches maturity. Ssri's at any dose alter neurotransmitters, and its effect on the changing brain is unpredictable even in experienced hands. ...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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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

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

A condition in which a person has too much body fat, with a BMI greater than 30. This indicates the person is not in in good health. It is not the same as being overweight because weight can come from other things like muscle, bone, ...Read more