Childhood Obesity

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Childhood Obesity

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Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child's health or well-being. Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults.

Not all children carrying extra pounds are overweight or obese. Some children have larger than average body frames. And children normally carry different amounts of body fat at the various stages of development. So you might not know just by looking at your child if his or her weight is a health concern.


Childhood Obesity

What does this mean ?

Lifestyle issues — too little activity and too many calories from food and drinks— are the main contributors to childhood obesity. But genetic and hormonal factors may play a role as well.


"Obesity is killing people. What's amazingis that it is also the most preventable disease. It's something you can change right now."

Many factors — usually working in combination — increase your child's risk of becoming overweight:•Diet. Regularly eating high-calorie foods, such as fast foods, baked goods and vending machine snacks, can easily cause your child to gain weight. Soft drinks, candy and desserts also can cause weight gain.•Lack of exercise. Children who don't exercise much are more likely to gain weight because they don't burn as many calories. Too much time spent in sedentary activities, such as watching television or playing video games, also contribute to the problem.•Family factors. If your child comes from a family of overweight people, he or she may be more likely to put on weight. This is especially true in an environment where high-calorie foods are always available and physical activity isn't encouraged.


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