Is your child obese? If you ask this question to parents most of them will feel offended. In India most parents have the mistaken notion that a fat child is a healthy child. The problem of childhood obesity in India is increasing steadily as in developed countries. And childhood obesity has become a common problem in children from affluent families.
Obesity is easy to diagnose but very difficult to treat.
If your child’s weight is just a few pounds more than the healthy weight it is not considered as obesity. For children body weight more than 10 percent higher than the recommended weight for the height, age and sex is considered as obese. In children obesity generally starts between the ages of 5 and 6 or during adolescence.
According to studies obese children are likely to become obese adults.
There are many factors that decide body weight and tendency for weight gain like genetic, biological, behavioral and cultural factors. A person gains weight or become obese if the calorie consumption is more than required or more than the body burns up.
The risk of obesity in children is increased if the parents are obese. Most children are obese due excess intake of calories and less than 1 percent of all obesity is caused due to medical problem.
Some cause of obesity in children and adolescence are
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