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NURS 6512 N-6 WEEK 3 MAIN DISCUSSION POST 1 NURS 6512 N-6 Week 3 Main Discussion Post The prevalence of obesity among youth in the United States was 17.0% in 2011-2014. Overall, the prevalence of obesity among preschool-aged children (2-5 years) (8.9%) was lower than school-aged children (6-11) at 17.5% (Ogden, Carroll, Fryar, & Flegal, 2015). The child I will discuss is an overweight 5-year-old boy with overweight parents. Overweight in a child is defined as a BMI at or above the 85 th percentile and below the 95 th percentile for children and teens of the same age and sex (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2015a). Childhood obesity is a complex health issue and the main causes are similar to those in adults, including behavioral and genetic factors. Health Issues and Risks Being overweight increases a child’s risk for a number of diseases and conditions; which are asthma, type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, liver problems, and trouble sleeping (University of California San Francisco [UCSF], 2015). Between 25 and 40 percent of children

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