A person who weighs more than normal weight for his height is considered obese. This standard is calculated by using the body mass index (BMI). It not only considers limited factors like your height but it also looks into body size and bone density of a person. Thus, your body mass index tells you about the fat in your body.
Your body mass index is an insight into your health. Because obesity is the leading cause of many choric health conditions. The rate of obesity in Americans is alarmingly high.
According to a report published in the US Department of Health and Human Services, every 1 in 3 adults was considered obese. In the case of children, 1 kid out of every 6 kids (children from age 2 to 19) was considered to be obese. The growth rate varies in children, yet the obesity rates are noted to be very high in children. Especially in low-income families.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in their surveys have noted a decline in the reported cases. The children of low-income families suffer more from obesity because of the lack of quality food.
According to research by the University Of Michigan, low-income families tend to feed more on unhealthy foods, like fast food which induces obesity.
The decline noted by the Women, Infant and Children, a program to support and provide food and nutrition to the community, says there is hope. In their survey, they noted obesity in children from age 2 to 4 years ago was found in 15.9 percent of children, who took part in the survey, in 2010.
A later survey done in 2016 showed that the number of obese children from low-income families has dropped from 15.9 % to 13.9 %.
The children who were made part of this WIC survey had to belong to low-income families. The criteria for this was that their income was below the federal income poverty level. They were also the children who were eligible for other financial aid programs like Medicare or Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Heidi Blanck, the head of Obesity prevention in the United States of America is a lot appreciate of the results. He has said that in 2014 the rate of obese children was 14.5 %, which has reduced to 14 % in 2016.
He is sure that despite the change being very less significant, gradually will hold a great impact. As they say slow and steady wins the race.
The National Survey of WIC participants, had 12.4 million children enrolled in the research.
There is a significant change in the trend of obesity in children from 2010 to 2016, as per the report. Heidi Blanck has said he is proud of the result. The results indicate that we are working on the right track.
However, he has shown his concern about the physical and metal, psychological health of the children. As obesity lays a foundation for lots of medical illnesses and complications. Their goal is to make all the children reach a healthy weight and lead a healthy life.