Problem of Childhood Obesity

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The most common cause of childhood obesity is the consumption of more calories from foods and beverages than a child or young person expends, known as a positive energy balance, in combination with being genetically predisposed to weight gain.

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In general, consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages or sugar-containing beverages and other foods high in sugar are risk factors for obesity as well as caries.

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Due to the nature of the dental setting, oral health professionals are in a unique position to do which of the following?

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Research suggests that what percentage of oral health professionals express discomfort with addressing adult or childhood obesity in the clinical setting?

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Based on policies from the American Dental Association, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, nutrition counseling on healthy eating to reduce risk for caries and overall health is not a component of prevention services to be provided during dental care.

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Oral health professionals need to become part of an interprofessional approach to this health crisis, taking action not only on the clinical but community level.

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Problem of Childhood Obesity
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This information is from the article “Addressing Childhood Obesity in the Dental Setting” by JaymiLyn Adams, RDH, MS and Linda D. Boyd, RDH, RD, EdD. To read the article, click here.
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