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					Childhood Obesity

      A Growing National Concern



  Marydelle Polk, Ph.D., ARNP-CS
  Florida Gulf Coast University
            Obesity

 Anactual weight of 20% or more
 above the mean weight.

       obesity – greater than 40%
 Severe
 mean weight (for height).
Infants Who May Be
Predisposed to Future Obesity

 Family  History
 Abnormal Growth Patterns
 Limitations on Physical Activity
 Feeding Problems
 Parent Unaware or Proud of Fatness
         Causes of
      Childhood Obesity

 Lifestyle
 Emotional overeating
 Too-comfortable child
 Too-uncomfortable child
 Medical problems
Goals for Management of
Childhood Obesity
 View obesity as a symptom with
  diverse contributors rather than a
  narrow focus.
 Teach parents to identify and correct
  poor eating habits, exercise, activity
  and behaviors.
Goals for Management of
Childhood Obesity
 Normalize  the child’s weight within
  genetic potential.
 Prevent the complications of severe
  obesity by preventing severe obesity.
 Prevent lifelong obesity.
 Promote a healthy body ideal.
This is
unhealthy –
it leads to undue
stress on all
body systems
and opens the
door to
complications of
lifelong long
obesity.

				
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