Is childhood obesity a problem?
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Dr. William McCarthy: Hello! I'm Doctor William McCarthy, Medical Director of the NOVA ABC Weight Loss Clinic in Woodbridge, Virginia. Today, we're going to talking about weight loss and I'm specifically going to be answering questions about obesity and overweight in childhood and teen years. Speaker: Is childhood obesity a problem? Dr. William McCarthy: Childhood obesity is becoming a major problem. Overweight and obesity which things a tremendous increased matter of fact, it has increased three times over the past thirty years. We're starting to see diseases that we're really unheard of back in the 1970s. We're starting to see these very commonly in overweight in obese children. Problem such as diabetes, problem such as hypertension or even seeing disease such as sorosis, liver disease and other problems, we're also seeing a great increase in metabolic syndrome. Right now, about one in six children would be considered obese and about 30% of children are overweight. And this is primarily focused on children of African American, Hispanic and also Native American background, and it's become quietly medical problem and what we are seeing as if the obese child becomes an obese adult and carries with it all of the medical complications that we've talked about in obesity.

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