Super-Size Baby: The Causes of Child Obesity

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As a child, do you remember being given a lot of food and being told to gulp down every single bit of it? Have you encountered parents who think that fat children make healthy and happy children? These are among the reasons for the rise of child obesity cases worldwide.

What is obesity?
Obesity means having too much fat content in the body. To describe it scientifically, obesity is characterized by having a weight measurement and body mass index well above the norm. It results from high amounts of calorie intake and very little expenditure of energy.

Obesity is a rapidly growing problem not only in the United States but all over the world. A recent study has shown that in the United States alone, 65% of the population is overweight and obese. All around the world, an estimated three hundred million adults are obese. Fifteen percent of United States child population has also been reported overweight. Around the world, an estimated twenty-two million children aged five and below are overweight.

What causes child obesity?
Like any other medical condition, child obesity may be caused by a number of factors, most often in combinations. ...

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