Prevalence Of Overweight And Obesity Essay

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The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of overweight/obesity among parents of children entering childhood obesity treatment and to evaluate changes in the parents’ weight during their child’s treatment (Trier, 2016). The study included the parents of 1,125 children and adolescents (aged 3-22) who were enrolled in a children obesity treatment program. They began by taking the heights and weights of the children and the BMI scores were calculated. After 2.5 years of treatment, the mean weight was taking from the parents of 664 children. The results concluded that seventy percent of the mothers and eighty percent of the fathers were overweight or obese at the time of their child’s treatment initiation. In conclusion, there is a high prevalence of overweight/obesity among parents of children entering childhood obesity treatment. Public health officials, pediatricians, nutritionists, and policymakers are increasingly targeting sugar-sweetened beverage consumption as a major contributor to childhood obesity. As of 2014, 1 in 3 American children (aged 2-19 years) were overweight. By reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption can lower children’s weight and blood pressure, decrease risks of heart disease, lessen tooth erosion, and improve cognitive functioning. Policymakers have a strong incentive to place a higher tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in order to decrease its consumption in order to ultimately lower childhood obesity. In conclusion, over

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