Why your BMI matters
Even though the trend of racial gaps in overweight youth and adults is not necessarily new, Lodisparitiesng says it should continue a main area of attention.
“This equity issue is a major dilemma that will lead to health and life expectancies for the next entire generation of youngsters,” he said.
For the research, data was gathered from Americans ages 2 to 19 and 20 and older, through mobile physical examination centers across the country, and then calculated using body-mass index (BMI), Hales said.
Body mass index is the ratio between a person’s weight and height; a BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while anything over 30 is obese.
Integrating the analysis and interventions from all demographic groups can bring a stronger interpretation of how effective attempts have been at fighting overweight childhood, added Dr. Ihuoma Eneli, professor of pediatrics at Ohio State University and director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She was not involved in the new report.
Long said that improving racial gaps among overweight individuals may require implementing strategies such as raising soda taxes and increasing the quality of benefits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which produces healthy meals for families, housing vouchers, and home energy support.
Efforts to reduce obesity, notably in children, will also come from a change in policy, Eneli said. It is essential to start studying the effectiveness of available health programs at public health establishments, school organizations, and clinics.
Family plays a role in controlling obesity, as well. Interventions such as avoiding fast food, eating healthy meals together and arranging family activities are great ways to support overweight children, Eneli suggested.
The main objective is to avoid isolating children in seeking to manage their obesity. Planning to be healthy together can place a family on the correct path, she said.
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