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Childhood Obesity: The Causes and Solutions

Causes of Obesity

  • 25%- genetic heritability
  • 75%- environmental determinant
  • Sedentary Behavior
  • Excess Eating
  • Hunger and Fullness Unknown
  • More is Better

Health Consequences of Childhood Obesity

  • Insulin resistance
  • Hypertension
  • Type 2 DM
  • Poor self esteem
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Fatty liver
  • Asthma
  • Polycystic Ovaries
  • Eating disorders

Solutions to Consider

  • Nutrition hunger and fullness
  • Red/Yellow/Green-traffic light diet
  • Water over juice
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Model exercise
  • Focus on the family
  • Small steps
  • Do NOT focus on the weight
  • Avoid judgment
  • Eat breakfast
  • 1/4: Starch; 1/4: Protein; 1/2 Vegetables  
  • Active living
  • Remove TV from bedrooms
  • Limit screen time

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Health & Fitness

Childhood Obesity Q & A