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These days, the increasing rate of obesity among America’s kids is a pressing concern. The first lady, Michelle Obama, has even taken on the issue with her “Let’s Move” campaign, whose goal is to end childhood obesity in the next generation. But what exactly does it mean to be an obese child?
What are the causes of childhood obesity?
There are many reasons why a child may be obese, including medical or genetic ones. In most cases, though, children are overweight because they eat unhealthful foods and lead a sedentary lifestyle. If you think your child is overweight because of a medical condition, consult your pediatrician who can perform tests to check.
Reasons why more and more children are becoming obese include:
The “body weight set point theory” suggests that weight is determined by complex interactions of genetic, hormonal and metabolic factors
How common is childhood obesity?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 17 percent of 2- to 19-year-old American children are obese, as measured by their body mass index (BMI) percentile. The rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
How is a child’s risk for obesity determined?
There are several tools your doctor might use to determine if your child is at risk for obesity, including:
What are the symptoms of childhood obesity?
Each child may experience different symptoms but some of the most common include:
What are the long-term consequences of childhood obesity?
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