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Psychological co-relates of childhood obesity

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Obesity is defined of having an excessive amount of fat than one’s recommended height and weight. A child is not considered obese until their body weight is 10 percent higher than recommended. Recent studies have shown that child obesity starts before school age. Childhood obesity is growing epidemic in the United States. It has doubled and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18 % in 2012. Similarly the percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period. Childhood obesity has physical and Psychological effects that shows immediate to long –term side effects such as heart disease, high cholesterol, depression and even diabetes .Unhealthy and lacks of exercises are just a few factors that contributed for “over 300,000 deaths each year”. Without maintaining a healthy life style or exercising daily, overweight children are more likely to become overweight adolescence .It is also necessary to find out are parents at fault when it comes to health as well being of their child. There has been research showing that childhood neglect and obey lead to obesity in adulthood. Further research also shows the decisions parents make while during pregnancy and infancy have a significant impact on the child’s risk of obesity throughout his or her life.

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Obesity, child neglect, life style, uncontrolling eating behavior

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"Psychological co-relates of childhood obesity", International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research ( | UGC and issn Approved), ISSN:2349-5162, Vol.5, Issue 2, page no. pp240-243, February-2018, Available at : &

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