Obesity in Children Research Paper

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Pages: 14

Emely Saliba
ENC 1101
Professor Duasso
November 25, 2014

Obesity in Children Patient T is a newborn weighing 10 pounds, and 4 ounces, and looks like a healthy, strong, and big new baby boy; during his childhood, he maintains normal weight, and lives an active life with a great appetite for food that includes: apples, pears, bananas, ham sandwiches, chips, and pizza. When entering kindergarten, he’s considered as hefty, which leads to him being shy, and antisocial. When he gets home, all he does is: watch TV, play video games, and snack on foods, and drinks consisting of: chips, and 8 cans of soda a day. When he enters high school, he starts playing football with performance’s worthy of entering a Division 1 college. As a result of
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When a parent doesn’t know whether their child is over weight or obese, the parent has to take the child to the doctor to get checked up to see where their percentile falls on the BMI-for-age growth chart. If the child is between the 85th-94th percentiles, the child is over weight. When the child falls on the 95th percentile or above, it’s clear that they’re obese because 95 percent of the children with the same age, and height have lower BMI’s. Children have different body types than one another, however, the BMI doesn’t consider things like, “being muscular or having a larger than average body frame, so the doctor has to take the child’s growth, and development into consideration” (par.4). Some girls may have larger breasts than other girls, and some boys are taller, and have more mass than other boys, so the doctor has to respect that, and determine whether the child is actually obese, or if they just have a