Is childhood obesity about weight or future health problems
It's about the present and future health problems that come with extra weight. Extra weight puts kids at higher risk for heartdisease, stroke and type 2 diabetes which up until recently was considered an "adult" illness.
Obesity among children and adolescents is emerging as a serious health burden. It’s a time bomb waiting to explode once these children become adults, making obesity one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.
Childhood obesity is associated with a number of health problems such as
-Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus,
-Impaired glucose tolerance that were once confined to adults are now being diagnosed to children.
-Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a syndrome of variable combinations of menstrual irregularity, acne with obesity and insulin resistance.
-Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome,
-Early puberty or menarche,
-Eating disorders, skin infections, orthopedic disorders, asthma and other respiratory disorders.
To ensure that kids grow up fit and slim, parents need to be committed to building their health. We can’t collude with our children when it comes to choosing between getting through the daily pile of homework that brings them close to scoring 99 per cent in their finals instead of spending an hour playing badminton in the park outside with them.
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