Does your child eat junk food every day and is putting on weight? This is a sign you should not ignore because it can lead them to develop obesity. It is extremely dangerous for your kids because not only does it decrease their lifespan, but childhood obesity can lead to further complications that make them suffer for their entire life. We know that you don’t want that for your child. So, keep reading about childhood obesity and its complications (that can happen if you don’t take care of their health).
Childhood obesity is one of the fastest-growing community health diseases in the US. Childhood obesity is defined as excess weight in a child compared to their peers and according to age and height. This can be measured by using BMI (Body Mass Index).
According to WHO (World Health Organization) global statistics, children who are overweight (below the age of 5) are around 41 million, and the number of overweight children between the age of 5 to 19 is a whopping 340 million. Even in America, between the ages of 2 to 19- 19% of kids suffer from obesity.
There are many reasons that this disease keeps on growing such as negligence of parents, consuming junk food every day, no physical activity, stress due to several reasons, etc. Childhood obesity is becoming serious day by day. If you don’t take care of your child’s health when he/she just starts gaining some weight after a while they might develop obesity and its chronic complications.
There is no cure for obesity in children. The only thing you can do is manage your child’s weight by making dietary and lifestyle changes.
Give the health your child deserves. Call us on 347-868-1060 to get an appointment with our board-certified Bariatricians to help your child achieve an ideal weight.
Complications of childhood obesity
There are 2 types of complications associated with childhood obesity:
Physical complications are the first signs you start noticing in your kids when they start developing health conditions due to excessive weight. They might have one or two of these physical complications, including:
- Asthma or other breathing problems
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Fatty liver problems or liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Gall stones
- Heartburn or heart diseases
- Sleep problems such as sleep deprivation or sleep apnea
- Bone fractures or joint pain
- Irregular periods (teenagers)
- Hormonal imbalances such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) (teenagers)
- Suffer from obesity as an adult
Not only physically, but mentally also obesity affects your child’s life, including symptoms of:
- Low self-esteem
- Being bullied by their peers or by other people
- Social isolation due to a lack of friends and social life
- Prejudice/discrimination by people such as teachers, relatives, etc. due to weight problems
These problems may be due to obesity, but they affect the overall development of your child. As they become an adult, it is hard for them to live normally.
Childhood obesity happens when you fail to take care of your child’s health. Give them time, support them, teach them healthy habits (what they should do or eat to keep themselves healthy), listen to their problems, etc.
If your child is overweight, give them support and help them lose weight by making changes in their diet and lifestyle. Take them to visit the doctor regularly to check their weight and ask the doctor about the treatment options to lose weight and maintain a healthy body.
Don’t wait anymore, the more you wait the harder you make it for your child to be free from obesity. Contact us on 347-868-1060 now to book your appointment!