Overweight kids become overweight adults

  • What causes childhood obesity?

  • What are the effects of childhood obesity?

  • Where can I find childhood obesity related articles?

  • What are the statistics for childhood obesity rates in the US?

  • What are the medical causes of childhood obesity?

  • How can childhood obesity be prevented?

How is childhood obesity defined?

In adults, obesity is defined as having excess body fat. Body mass index (BMI) is a widely used screening tool for measuring obesity. BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of a person’s height in meters.

However, in children, a percentile score is used to measure BMI. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), overweight and obese children are defined as below:

  • CDC defines overweight in children and young people as a BMI at or above the 85th percentile and less than the 95th percentile for young people of the same age and sex.
  • CDC defines obesity in children and young people as BMI at or above the 95th percentile for young people of the same age and sex.

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What causes childhood obesity?

Although it was traditionally oversimplified as overconsumption of calories and not burning enough calories through exercise (calories in, calories out or energy balance), the reality is that there are many complex factors at play that lead to this including the environment, genetics, metabolic factors as some people have slower metabolism than others, lack of proper sleep, food processing and and addition of things like high fructose corn syrup to many processed foods, and the wrong recommendations from government agencies such as United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with its failed and now withdrawn food guide pyramid. Some of these factors are listed below.

  • Genetic factors
  • Metabolism—how your body changes food and oxygen into energy it can use
  • Hormonal factors such as insulin resistance
  • Community and neighborhood design and safety
  • Short sleep duration
  • Eating and physical activity behaviors
  • Racial factors
  • Socioeconomic factors

How can W8MD help deal with childhood obesity?

At W8MD’s weight loss, sleep and medspa centers, we address obesity in adults, children, men and women as our physicians and staff are well versed in both adult and pediatric weight issues.

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Childhood obesity questions

    • Why is my kid always hungry?
    • Who ended childhood obesity?
    • How a child can lose weight?
    • What are five causes of obesity?
    • What does childhood obesity mean?
    • Is childhood obesity on the rise?
    • How can we fix childhood obesity?
    • What determines childhood obesity?
    • Are parents to blame for child obesity?
    • What problems can childhood obesity cause?
    • Are parents the cause of childhood obesity?
    • When did childhood obesity become a problem?
    • What are the main causes of childhood obesity?
    • Does childhood obesity lead to adulthood obesity?
    • What is the biggest influence on childhood obesity?
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