New formula predicts child's obesity odds
Drs. Siegel and Samadi explain
- Duration 3:33
- Date Dec 2, 2012
Drs. Siegel and Samadi explain
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Could be a major medical breakthrough in the fight against obesity be heard about this -- -- to say they have a new test that could help parents determine whether their child is at risk.
Say it's a simple formula that takes no account a couple of things the child's birth weight.
The parents body mass index household size moms professional status.
Whether or not mom smoked during pregnancy.
Doctors say Gordon all the stuff how to paddy put all this together to come up with -- decide whether child's -- -- be obese in twenty years.
What style this back -- -- -- I am not here to tell people to go online and start plug -- into this formula but here's -- I think really came out very good out of this.
This was British researchers looking at.
Children from Finland 4000 of them and they followed them from birth.
And they actually got involved in this looking to find genetic causes of obesity you know must be genetic they thought.
But when they actually did a study they discovered that there was a lot of environmental.
You don't with the birth you mentioned that several of them and and I think the big headline here is start from birth.
Because when your parents or parents to be -- -- about to have a child that's when you're open to education that's when someone can call you up or bring -- and say hey look.
Your child is at 80% risk of obesity because -- in a high risk group and that's what that's that this study found.
If you're in a high risk group.
The chances are 80% you're gonna get -- basically we got to nip this in the bud because by the time the children are obese.
And we're talking almost 18% of our children in the united national -- what desirous group well.
-- a high risk -- -- again the I'm not -- with all parts of this formula but what they're saying is high risk group if you're born -- -- heavyweight if your parents are heavy weight -- -- known as the body mass index which is.
Weight per -- given -- If if you're is more household supposedly there's not enough mood to go around and if -- a low socioeconomic groups of your mother can't afford.
Expensive food now.
The last few things I mentioned I don't think a proven scientifically but one thing's for sure.
If your parents are obese you're at risk of being obese if you're born obese -- -- at risk of being hobbies that I believe I think education is key and the earlier the better.
Doctor -- -- -- break the cycle.
We have to start -- personal responsibility this formula happens to be actually be a reasonable one because it's very easy.
None of these formulas are the magic -- we use this in any money don't feel the prostate cancer we have his normal grams.
And it spits out a number but they are never accurate in the field of obesity especially -- children.
That's on the rise we have seen the numbers triple -- 70% of our population children are suffering from obesity.
It -- formula like this can't tell the parents that -- your kiddies is on the verge of becoming obese have prevented I'd like that so it better formula is simple formula for a lot of people -- out there is prevention.
The sooner and we know obesity children's -- at the age of five so prevention is the way to go.
Education we need to tell our parents to get involved look at your children's menu what are they eating and sit put them and tell them this is not good for you and that's good for you.
When you give them money here is jurors snack food whatever it is for the day that's a wrong message because they're gonna -- old issue -- soda and animal you know it's so hard to like.
Golf from the gummy -- to like a -- part of the -- gonna do that and that's the points the Quasar -- that sorry SharePoint is to start early before the -- personal responsibility as a way to go you can do good portion control you can really spent time with them.
That discipline is a lot more important but this formula is cute is a way to really find out who is at risk screening is always a good thing that.