Childhood Obesity : Obesity And Obesity

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Wonseleah Yleah
Professor Hayes
CENG 106-03
03 December 2016 Childhood Obesity
With nearly one third of children overweight or obese, the number of overweight and obese youth has been increasing dramatically in recent decades, and it’s becoming an epidemic. Although the definition of obesity has changed over time, it can be defined as an excess of Body Fat (BF). A child is obese when he or she is well above the normal or healthy weight for his or her age and height. According to OALib Journal, “Obesity a state of excess body fat, which is commonly assessed using the body mass index (BMI), a ratio of weight (kg) to height (m2), and a BMI of over 30 kg/m2 is considered obese. In children, the BMI is measure on growth charts for exposition relative to a healthy reference population and percentiles are then used to define obese (over 95th percentile) and overweight (over 85 percentile)”. Medical conditions related to obesity include asthma, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, skin conditions, and other problems. These health problems can seriously affect the health of the child and continue throughout his or her adult life. Being teased and/or bullied for his or her weight, in addition to facing other hardships including negative stereotypes, discrimination, and social marginalization are some of the social and emotional consequences of obesity. To tell the truth, obese children are more likely to have problems with peers at school and

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