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News stories about children and obesity abound, and they contain terms that may be unfamiliar to most parents. Get to know these key words as a way to better understand the facts about children and obesity.
As an indicator of weight relative to height, body mass index may helpdiagnose obesity or overweight.More »
Calories measure the amount of energy we get from food and burn throughphysical activity and metabolic processes such as breathing. ?Knowing how many calories your child needs and takes in each day can help you adjust intake accordingly.More »
•FatsFats are often considered unhealthy, but they are essential to our bodies. They are made up of a combination of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids.More »
During moderate physical activity, breathing and heart rate become more rapid and the body burns about 3.5 to 7 caloriesper minute (depending on weight and fitness level). Both children and adults need an hour a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity, no matter their weight.More »
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic medical condition in which the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, an essential hormone that helps the body turn glucose from food into energy.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic medical condition in which the primary problem is that the body's cells have become resistant to insulin and cannot use it effectively.More »