The O Generation Our Youngest Children Are at Risk for Obesity

Huettig, Carol I.; Sanborn, Charlotte F.; DiMarco, Nancy; Popejoy, April; Rich, Shannon
March 2004
YC: Young Children;Mar2004, Vol. 59 Issue 2, p50
Academic Journal
The article presents a discussion on the problem of obesity in young children in the United States. The epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States is the critical health issue of this decade. Childhood obesity is now prevalent among infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Early childhood educators and families need to address this issue in the classroom and at home. The dramatic increase in obesity among children in the United States parallels the increase in adult obesity. In adults, overweight and obese are defined by body mass index (BMI), a measure of weight for height. In children, BMI should be calculated yearly by a health care provider to identify children who are gaining excessive weight compared to their growth in height. Childhood obesity increases the chances that children will suffer health risks commonly seen in obese adults. These risks include high blood pressure; elevated cholesterol levels; increased heart rate; joint and skeletal abnormalities including osteoarthritis; insulin and others. It also causes significant negative effects on physical, orthopedic, and skeletal health. INSET: Healthy Snacks and Meals at the Center..


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