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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

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 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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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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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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What is to blame for the increase in obesity in children?

What is to blame   for the increase in obesity in children?

Calories & Exercise: Most children have one or more issues- 1) too much junk food (high sugar, high fat foods), 2) too much food (eating more than they need), and 3) not exercising enough. The best approach is to work on all of them to encourage them to have more healthy choices. Making small steps and continuing to adjust will help them learn new habits. ...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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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