Child Obesity for Dummies: An Intro

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One in three children in the United states are obese.  The child obesity rates in the US have tripled in the last 30 years.  This figure is very alarming, yet not shocking.  It is easy to notice the increased number of obese children when out in public.  There seems to be more and more larger children these days and the number doesn’t look like it will be decreasing anytime soon.

To diagnose someone as obese, their height and weight have to be measured.  These numbers are then used to calculate their body mass index (BMI).  The same BMI calculation is used for both adults and children.  If the individual’s BMI is over 30, they are diagnosed as obese.  There are multiple causes of child obesity and all have to be accounted for when trying prevent obesity.

Some causes of child obesity:

  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Diet
  • Environment
  • Genetics
  • Lack of sleep

Overweight children are more likely to be overweight as adults.  This long-term obesity puts children more at risk for long-term health effects and diseases caused by being so overweight.  Unfortunately,  there are just as many, if not more,  diseases obese children can be at risk for as there are causes for the obesity.

Some diseases obese children are at risk for:

  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis

This growing issue is often downplayed in the public’s eye and it is time for that to change.  The goal for this blog is to help fight and prevent child obesity.  Information and resources will be provided for parents to help prevent their child form becoming obese, or to help their child fight their obesity.  Hopefully, awareness can be raised and the rates of child obesity will decrease!

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Image from: http://www.wqed.org/tv/specials/childhood-obesity.php

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One thought on “Child Obesity for Dummies: An Intro

  1. I like how you gave a ton of information about your issue. You mentioned the definition of obesity, the causes of obesity, and the health risks of being obese. Also, you gave the stats saying that one out of six children is obese and that the number of obese children has tripled in the last thirty years. Since you also have sources to back these facts up, this post fully convinced me that childhood obesity is a growing problem that will take some work to solve. I also like how you end on a positive note by saying that even though this is currently a problem, you’re working to fix it through your blog.

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