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Childhood Obesity University Professor Student 6/10/21 Overview for Childhood Obesity Obesity is a condition of having high amounts of extra body fat, leading to serious health effects. According to the CDC Body mass index (BMI) is a measure used to determine childhood overweight and obesity. Overweight is defined as a BMI at or above the 85th percentile and below the 95th percentile for children and teens of the same age and sex. Obesity is defined as a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children and teens of the same age and sex. (Defining Childhood Obesity | Overweight & Obesity | CDC, 2018). Weight Status Category Percentile Range Underweight Less than the 5th percentile Normal or 5th percentile to less than the 85th Healthy Weight percentile Overweight 85th to less than the 95th percentile Obese 95th percentile or greater Chart (Defining Childhood Obesity | Overweight & Obesity | CDC, 2018). Photo (Sharma, 2016). Causes There are complex factors that determine obesity, but the common causes include a combination of genes, metabolism, socioeconomic factors, and lifestyle choices. ➢Genetically, obesity is passed through family genetics that may affect hunger perception, metabolism and storage of extra body fats. ➢Metabolism defines how a person’s body uses energy hence defining how much weight a person can gain. ➢Some hormones regulate appetite. Ghrelin increases appetite while Leptin decreases appetite. ➢Socioeconomic factors, easy access to i ...
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