Childhood Obesity : An Epidemic That Is Sweeping Through America

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Childhood obesity is an epidemic that is sweeping through America. The key to understanding the threshold for the term obesity is to know the clinical definition. Obesity and overweight are two terms that are intermittently misused. Overweight is clinically defined as the excess body fat one has in terms to their height, muscle, bone, or in a combination of all factors (Childhood Obesity Facts). Obesity is simply the concept of having excess body fat (Childhood Obesity Facts). Adult obesity is the cause of multiple disease that are difficult to treat and most are fatal. Childhood obesity should be seen just as fatal, if not more, than adult obesity due to the higher risk children have to contracting diseases early on in life. According to the CDC, “childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years and in 2012 more than one third of America’s children and adolescents were considered overweight and obese.”

BMI Criteria for Adolescents

Body Mass Index (BMI) is the technique utilized to measure obesity. Children and adults both utilize the BMI method but under different criteria. The CDC as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics do not recommend the BMI screening tool for children who are younger than 2 years old. Unlike BMI chart for adults, children are considered at a healthy stature or unhealthy stature depending on the percentile they fall under. BMI takes into account the adolescents gender, age, height, and…

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