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Obesity is defined as a generalized accumulation of body fat. It is measured by the body mass index (BMI), which is determined by a person's height and weight.
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It is important to remember that BMI is just one number among a host of information that a care and support team will solicit from a child and their family. Diet, activity levels, environment, genetics and other factors are all relevant in making assessments and treatment plans.
It is estimated that from 15 to 30 percent of adolescents are obese in the U.S. It also estimated that 50 to 77 percent of children and adolescents who are obese will carry their obesity into adulthood.
Obesity can cause devastating physical and psychological effects and increase the risk of developing serious and often life-threatening conditions. These include:
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