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Childhood Obesity

This guide covers current news and research about the problem of childhood obesity.

Dr. Perman describes the dangers of childhood obesity

  Definition

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines overweight and obesity as ''abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health''.

Because children undergo a number of physiological changes as they grow, several factors must be used to determine a body's healthy weight.  Calculating Body Mass Index (BMI) is a common screening tool for assessing a child's growth pattern.  BMI is calculated using age, height and weight measurements to obtain a percentile ranking among children of the same age and sex.

For more information regarding BMI, or general growth standards, consider the following resources: