Childhood Obesity #1. Childhood Obesity Has Gained A Lot

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Childhood Obesity #1 Childhood obesity has gained a lot of attention in the recent years especially the 21st century. It is a disease that has beset the lives of so many people around the world for decades. It is considered the most essential health concerns today. The focus of obesity has been shifted to concentrate on the obesity in children. Childhood obesity is on the rise at an alarming rate, especially in poverty stricken communities. Schools, parents and children themselves are all being held responsible for this heart wrenching disease. Food choices are high on the list of reasons for childhood obesity among children. According to the Center for Disease control and Prevention, (2016), the prevalence of obesity has remained is…show more content…
These include weight-for-age, weight-for-height, BMI-for-age, and triceps skinfoldforage, among others. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) uses the same guidelines for BMI-for-age as the CDC to define childhood obesity and states that for children older than two years, BMI is an acceptable measure to assess obesity” (Perpich, K.J, P.A.-C, Russ, R., Rizzolo, D., & Sedrak, M., 2011). Growth charts from the CDC are used to calculate children’s BMI. Children and adolescents with BMI between the fifth and 85th percentile are considered to be healthy weight. Children in with a BMI between the 85th and 94th percentile are generally considered to be overweight, and those with a BMI at or above the sex and age specific 95th percentile of the population growth chart are typically considered obese (Let’s Move 2012). Childhood obesity has many causes. Some causes are age, race, socioeconomic status, culture, income and stress. The most common causes of childhood obesity are over eating and lack of physical activity. Age; the highest rate of obesity lies between the age of 10 and 11 years, 21.89 percent of children within this age range are classified as obese. In the 12 – 14 year-old age range, 14.43 percent of children are considered obese. Finally, between the ages of 15 and 17 years, 10.72 percent of adolescents were found to be obese (Perpich, K.J, P.A.-C, Russ, R., Rizzolo, D., & Sedrak, M., 2011). Increased prevalence of obesity is also linked to
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