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Obesity Among Our Children Childhood obesity is an ongoing epidemic that is plaguing adults and children alike But it is affecting our children in a way that we cannot explain Medically there is a cure for obesity But everyone has to play there part if we are to rid this disease from our society We have to gain information and awareness in order to defeat this disease Defining and diagnosing obesity can vary greatly within the medical field A condition characterized by the excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body is the official definition of obesity Britannica Online nd But according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academics 2004 obesity means an excess amount of subcutaneous body fat in proportion to lean body mass There are many ways physicians and dieticians use to measure obesity One way is called BMI or Body Mass Index According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academics 2004 the meaning of BMI or Body Mass Index is An indirect measure of body fat calculated as the ratio of a persons body weight in kilograms to the square of a persons height in meters BMI kgm weight kilograms height meters In children and youth BMI is based on growth charts for age and gender and is referred to as BMI-for-age which his used to assess underweight overweight and risk for overweight The BMI growth charts for children are what pediatricians use to provide national percentile results for the parents This particular chart is based on height and weight but graph information to make it easier for the parents to understand the childs growth Another measuring tool is triceps and sub scapular skin fold values We know exactly what an obese child looks like with our sight but we cannot officially tell exactly unless the childs BMI is measured But being that obesity is growing out of proportion in children as well as in
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