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1. FAMILY- genetic predisposition. The risk of becoming obese is greatest among children who have two obese parents.
2. Low- energy EXPENDITURE. Obesity is greater among children and adolescents who frequently watch TV. Only 1/3 of elementary children have daily physical education, and fewer than 1/5 have extracurricular physical activity programs at schools.
3. Heredity- Infants born to overweight mothers have been found to be less active and to gain more weight.
Not all children carrying extra pounds are overweight or obese. Some children have larger than average body frames.
If as a parent you are worried then talk to your doctor or health care provider. He or she can provide a complete weight assessment, your family’s weight for height history, and where your child lands on the growth charts
Determine if your child’s weight is in an unhealthy range.