As many as 40 percent of fourth grade children are now clinically defined as either overweight or obese. This is leading to an explosion of problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes and other conditions that were once thought to be mainly adult health concerns. Dr. Jonathan MacClements discusses childhood obesity, including its treatment and prevention.
How much of a problem is childhood obesity? (first question)
Why is childhood obesity considered a health problem? (skip to 0:39)
How do I know if my child is considered obese? (skip to 1:00)
Can a child actually develop heart disease, Type II diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea as a result of being overweight? (skip to 1:45)
Can being overweight affect a child when he or she reaches puberty? (skip to 2:10)
What is the single most important thing to be done to reduce the likelihood of my child becoming obese? (skip to 2:32)
How can I involve my child in overcoming a weight problem without undermining self-confidence? (skip to 3:18)