Health Consequences of Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is currently a leading health threat. Already the continued rise of overweigh and obesity levels are having detrimental effects in kids’ health and quality of life, as more and more kids are developing conditions normally associated with adults.

Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes was once called "adult-onset diabetes." But now the increase in childhood obesity is related to the drastic increase in the number kids with type 2 diabetes.

Heart problems at middle age

If this current obesity trend persists, adolescents who have already type 2 diabetes now may suffer from heart problems beginning as young as 30 to 40 years old.

Increased risk of heart failure

Being overweight or out of shape puts the heart harder at work. Overweight kids are very likely to grow up to become overweight adults; this makes them more likely to suffer from heart problems and/or heart failure.

Chronic medical conditions

Obesity is associated with more chronic diseases and medical conditions that smoking or excessive drinking.

Digestive problems

One in four obese children may experience digestive problems such as constipation.

Higher risk of asthma

The rise in childhood asthma may be associated with the rise in childhood obesity. Being overweight can make it harder to breathe. it can also cause inflammation in the respiratory tract.

A lesser quality of life

Being overweight and obese can cause children to suffer from emotional and behavioral problems. Severely obese children may lead a lead a similar health-related quality of life as kids with cancer.

Overweight and obese kids also suffer from low self-esteem, and may experience, teasing, bullying and depression.

Source: healthiergeneration.org