exposes children to the following health problems:
Hypertension - Research reveals that hypertension is more frequent, nearly
nine times more, in obese
Type 2 Diabetes - Obese children, especially those with a family history of
type 2 diabetes, run a significantly greater risk of developing the
Orthopedic complications - The cartilage in lower limbs and joints in
children is at a developmental stage. Obesity can damage the cartilage since it
is unable to bear more than average weight.
Sleep apnea - This is characterized as difficulty breathing and the absence
of respiration during sleep.
Depression - The psychological and social stigma that is associated with
obesity can be more traumatic during childhood and adolescence. This can lead to
mental disorders like depression.
Asthma – Many obese children are at risk of developing asthma due to a lack
of pulmonary exercise, as well as a prolonged exposure to dust mites and other
household allergens from leading a sedentary lifestyle.
Parents should consult their child’s pediatrician to determine whether
their child is obese. This is because you have to first eliminate the weight
gain due to the natural growth process of a child. Pediatricians have
standardized growth charts that can easily tell whether your child is obese for
his age and height. There are other factors that need to be considered in terms
of childhood obesity:
Body Mass Index (BMI) - A statistic based on a child’s height and weight
and calculated in a percentile for children and adolescents between the ages of
2 and 19. Typically, an overweight child is at or above the 95th percentile on
the BMI-for-age growth chart.Taller children normally have a higher BMI.
Heredity - A family history of obesity, cigarette smoking, sedentary
lifestyle, early cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes
need to be considered.
Signs of stress of weight on lower limbs and joints - Orthopedic problems
are common among obese children and teens. Absence of logical thinking - This is
a symptom that often accompanies obesity and sleep apnea.