Curbing Childhood Obesity Encouraging Healthier Lifestyles For Kids
Besides being labled "the fat kid", children face an entire lifetime of health complications brought about by diabetes, a condition that should be curbed - and fast - among the young....
is a world wide problem across all ethnic groups and ages. In
the USA, one in every four children is obese.
Aside from the
social and psychological problems that being the "fat kid"
can cause, it's causing kids to develop Type
2 diabetes and other "adult" diseases earlier
in life. Children were very rarely diagnosed with this adult
form of diabetes, but now doctors report seeing it more and
link between obesity in kids and diabetes becomes obvious when
you see the statistics...80 percent of kids diagnosed with Type
2 diabetes are overweight.
people in most of the developed nations, Americans tend to eat
more calories than they burn. Whether it's a change of eating
habits or activity, it's clear that Americans need to be taught
healthier habits at an earlier age.
things don't change, the future state of America's health is
not promising. The latest figures say that 65 percent of American
adults are either obese or overweight. . Estimates predict that
as many as 50 percent of the current crop of obese children
and adolescents will become obese adults and obesity can kill!.
The deaths of 300,000 people each year in the United States
are thought to be related to their obesity.
Encouraging outdoor play and
reducing calorie intake is the
simplest way to help fight
among the young.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) obesity among toddlers and older kids includes both short-term and long-term effects including:
Immediate health effects:
Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.
Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
Long-term health effects:
Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults.
Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
most family projects, losing weight and getting fit works best
when everyone gets excited about the process. Eating healthy
foods does not mean eating awful foods. Sugar substitutes and
smaller portions will usually do the job. Adding a bit of regular
exercise - like a walk after dinner - can help win the battle
of the bulging bodies.
Childhood obesity - Wikipedia - An overall guide to the condition, its symptoms and risk factors plus more on the psychological and developmental ramifications on young children and teens, with related resources.