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Obesity is a buildup of body fat. It is measured by the height and weight of a child. A child is considered overweight if they have a BMI greater than 85th percentile and less than the 95th percentile of their weight. The treatment for obesity in a child involves a change in diet and exercise.  

The following are some of the factors that may contribute to overweight adolescents: 

  • Easy availability of food, especially high-calorie snack food 
  • Parents’ attitudes toward food 
  • An increase in the eating of fast food 
  • Using food as a reward or punishment to change behavior 
  • Lack of exercise 
  • Television watching and snacking 
  • Not knowing how to eat healthy 
  • Heredity (parents and family members weight) 

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