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What is childhood obesity?
Childhood obesity is a body weight that is greater than that considered healthy for a child's height. Carrying excess body fat can have a range of serious consequences for children's health, particularly in their future.
What is the difference between a child being overweight and obese?
Body mass index (BMI) is a tool that is used to classify the weight of adults into healthy, overweight and obese. BMI is calculated by dividing the weight (in kilograms) by the height (in meters) squared. In children, BMI …
What is are body mass index percentile charts?
The body mass index (BMI) is a tool that is used to classify weight in adults into healthy, overweight and obese. BMI is calculated by dividing weight (in kilograms) by height (in meters) squared. In children, BMI is assessed using percentile …
Can children have surgery for obesity?
For most children who are overweight or obese, it is recommended that they manage their weight with lifestyle changes, preferably with the whole family getting involved. While children are not advised to have surgery, for adolescents who are very …
What causes obesity?
In some respects the cause of obesity is quite simple - it occurs because your child takes in more energy through food and drink than their body uses, so the excess energy gets converted into fat. Taking in small amounts of extra energy on a daily basis can eventually …
What medications can cause obesity?
Medications that can cause weight gain and contribute to obesity include medications for bipolar disorder, type 2 diabetes, depression, high blood pressure and others. Your doctor can discuss whether your medications are likely to cause increased weight …
Why does obesity cause health problems?
The extra weight due to obesity can increase levels of inflammation in the body and affect the body's metabolic processes. It also places extra load and stress on important structures such as the joints, the airways and the bladder.
How can I help my child lose weight?
For most children, weight loss is not recommended as an approach to deal with overweight and obesity. Rather, the focus is on maintaining weight so that as the child grows, their BMI will steadily decrease. For children who are very obese, and …
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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 25 Nov 2014
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Category: Childhood obesity