Pediatric Obesity : A Growing Concern Within The United States

1259 Words Nov 17th, 2014 6 Pages
Pediatric obesity is a growing concern within the United States. According to Sarwer and Dilks (2012), approximately thirty-one percent of children in the US are overweight or obese and the number of overweight and obese children has doubled in the last twenty years. The current methods for weight loss regarding pediatric obesity focus mainly on reducing calorie intake, eating healthier foods, and exercising, much like any other weight loss plan. Most consider obesity to be a “medical condition”, but what is overlooked is that psychosocial variables play a role in how it developed, and will also affect the road to treatment (Darwin & Taylor, 2009). In addition to healthier diets, exercise, and eating less, use of parental modeling, reinforcement, cognitive behavioral treatment, and stimulus control may be helpful for pediatric patients to be successful in their battle against obesity (Luzier, Berlin & Weeks, 2010).
So what exactly is considered pediatric obesity and what can cause it? According to the Center of Disease Control (2014), to be considered overweight in the pediatric population a child is between the 85th percentile and below the 95th percentile. To be considered obese, a child is within the 95th percentile and beyond. There is a multitude of factors that can contribute to pediatric weight problems. Luzier et. al discusses that biologically there are two hundred genes that can influence a person’s weight. Environmental factors such as cultural influences,…

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