Childhood Obesity : A Growing Health Problem Everywhere Essay

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According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2003-2006, in the United States alone, over 12 million children are overweight or obese. This number has doubled for obese children and tripled for obese adolescents over the past 20 years. Although childhood obesity is a growing health problem everywhere, these numbers are the highest in the world. In addition to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2003-2006, there are other surveys done that have shown higher numbers. The percent of children suffering from obesity among all surveys is 15-25%. This is an alarming amount considering what the trend has been in the last two decades.
Obesity is calculated based upon the child’s body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated by a person’s height and weight to find a healthy weight range. BMI is sex and age specific; and is typically an accurate indicator of one’s body fat. (could add more info on BMI here) (davison & alic)
For a doctor to diagnose obesity, he or she would conduct blood and urine laboratory tests, give a physical examination, gather family and medical history, and find the child’s BMI. They will use all of this information to make their diagnosis. The doctor may also order a test of the thyroid hormone to check for hypothyroidism, which is known to cause obesity. The chances of a child being obese due to a medical or genetic disorder is rare. Researchers estimate that fewer than 10% of cases of childhood obesity are…

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