Today the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity released a report on how Super sizing your take-out meal can have negative impacts to your health.
The group says the growing portion sizes are causing Americans to have growing waistlines. That may not come as much of a surprise, but what might is how bad the problem is.
In fact, obesity rates in adults rose by 60 percent between 1990 and 2000, but what's even more startling, childhood obesity rates have doubled over the last 20 years.
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What Causes Obesity
The causes of obesity are complex and include genetic, biological, behavioral and cultural factors.
Basically, obesity occurs when a person eats more calories than the body burns up. If one parent is obese, there is a 50 percent chance that the children will also be obese.
However, when both parents are obese, the children have an 80 percent chance of being obese. Although certain medical disorders can cause obesity, less than 1 percent of all obesity is caused by physical problems. Obesity in childhood and adolescence can be related to:
What Are the Risks and Complications?
Ways to Manage Obesity
Source: http://www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/79.htm (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).