Childhood Obesity And Its Effects On Children Essay

1688 Words Nov 25th, 2015 null Page
Parents worry about their children’s health and send them to doctors for physicals and flu shots. Parents are also concerned with their children’s safety from harmful adults, not injuring or hurting their bodies, and making sure they do not have sex, take drugs, or drink alcohol. But, are parents worrying about the new spreading health condition that is affecting children more and more every year? This increasing epidemic is obesity. Childhood Obesity relates to having a lot of bodyweight and it is very harmful to children, childhood obesity has a lot of warning signs, and there are many preventable treatments for children who suffer from obesity. Childhood Obesity is where a child has a lot more bodyweight than there supposed to have. But, how much more bodyweight classifies a child from having obesity? First, we have to look at how doctors classify children as obese. Body Mass Index (BMI) shows if a child is obese or not. Body Mass Index (BMI) is found by dividing one’s weight by height (“cdc.gov” 1). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “obesity is defined as a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children” (1). Doctors weigh the children and also measure their height and from that divide the numbers and look at the percentiles each child is in, if the BMI is at the 95th percentile or greater than that child is obese. Now that we know what child obesity is and how we determine children to be obese or not, let us answer why obesity is such a…

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