What People Need to Realize About Childhood Obesity


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We are not here to discuss how it happens or who is to blame as we all know what the causes are. If a child is overweight or obese now, then this can have major health dangers and may possibly be life-threatening in later years. Suffering physically and even psychologically is what a noticeable percentage of an entire generation experience. As well as having to endure being a teen, they should not have to put up with the brutality from their peers for being overweight. As an obese child, they may have to face some of the following problems.|The nature of many weight-related health conditions involves the element of time. What we mean is it takes a good deal of time for the serious symptoms to begin surfacing. However, the stage is certainly set and processes are put into motion during the early years when a child is obese. Still, kids don't usually have as many medical problems result from obesity because they are still young. But the condition in and of itself is definitely a risk factor for later on when adult sized conditions and problems develop. Some of the more severe consequences include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and liver disease.|In the United States childhood obesity is a constant and growing problem; something that has astounded and baffled professionals from every corner of the map. It doesn't help that almost all solid food sold in the US contains a bunch of high fructose corn syrup. But that is another issue we will not discuss today. What makes childhood obesity sad is that the kids who suffer from it seem like they haven't been given a fair shot at life and that's terrible. These kids are already suffering the numerous consequences from arthritis and constant joint and back pain to Type II diabetes and the worst verbal treatment by their class peers. This is a hard and terrible subject and we'll look at it some more in this article.

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What People Need to Realize About Childhood Obesity

  1. 1. obesity in children and teens It wasn't all that long ago that obesity and all of its complications were limited to adulthood. In the United States things have gotten worse over the last few decades. In addition to having more overweight adults than ever, kids and teens are developing this condition earlier and earlier in life. In terms of children, the most influential and obvious people for them to learn from are their parents but standard education as well as raising awareness are important too. The parents, though, are the ones who are responsible for offering the most guidance and being the most positive role models properly. Obese children are facing immediate threats to their mental and physical well being. Looking beyond that, the kids are also at high risk for lots of issues that won't surface until later on. For kids this is a terrible situation that is almost impossible to beat back and get over. Professionals and researchers have been studying this trend for about three decades. Kids, pre-teen and teens have been gaining weight steadily and the health implications of this are crazy. Over the last few decades a ton of research and many studies have been done about this subject. The one thing that is for sure is that childhood obesity is a major risk factor for several terrible diseases that happen later in life. The most important thing that parents need to understand is that there is more to this story. Children who suffer from clinical obesity will be forced to deal with the affects of their conditions far before they grow into adulthood. For a very long time obesity in children has been covered by the press. In the US it has reached epidemic proportions but the press coverage has still had little effect on it. We all generally know what the causes are, but we are not here to discuss that or assign blame. The health dangers to children who are officially obese or certainly overweight are enormous and potentially life-threatening in later years. In the whole generation there is a huge percentage of folks that are suffering psychologically and physically. As well as having to endure being a teen, they should not have to put up with the brutality from their peers for being overweight. In this day there are some things obese children have to face and we are going to look closer at these. Time is an important part of the nature of lots of weight-related health problems. This means that it can take quite a lot of time for the major symptoms to start surfacing. Still, the stage definitely gets set for later on in life when a child is obese. Still, kids typically don't suffer from as many medical issues as obese adults do--their youth protects them somewhat. But the condition in and of itself is definitely a risk factor for later on when adult sized conditions and problems develop. Some of the more severe consequences include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and liver disease.|There has been a steady increase in childhood obesity in the United States and it continues to baffle and confound professionals of every stripe. Obviously it doesn't help matters that most foods sold in the US are packed full of high fructose corn syrup. But that can keep for another time. One of the things that makes childhood obesity such a painful subject is that obese kids often seem like they haven't been given an honest shot at life and that is a tragedy. These kids are already suffering the numerous consequences from arthritis and constant joint and back pain to Type II diabetes and the worst verbal treatment by their class peers. There is more to think about in terms of this sad state of affairs and we'll talk about some of that in the following paragraphs. The obese child is on a devastating path toward serious health issues. One example of this is
  2. 2. fatty liver disease which is an incredibly common liver condition. It wasn't that long ago that most liver problems were blamed on alcoholism or sclerosis of the liver. Today, however, we know that fatty livery disease is caused by long term obesity. What will often compound the overall issue with the liver is the fact that the obese person's metabolism is severely dysfunctional. The liver helps with detoxifying the body of anything that is not good for it. This, then, adds extra pressure to the other systems of children and teenagers who suffer from obesity. The particular medical conditions that any young person, child or teen who is obese will experience can be highly variable. There are quite a few different influences here and some of them are actually genetics. Kids who are severely obese are more likely to develop issues that affect their bones and joints. Many times the load bearing joints in particular will develop problems. The skeletal stress will occur in the hips, knees, ankles and feet. Kids are going to have to deal with joint pain, typically in their backs as well as constant low swelling around their joints. Arthritis in these children and teens is commonly diagnosed, as well. If you are obese then all the physical areas of the human body will be under stress. If a child is obese then this can have severe dangers to their respiratory system, giving them obstructive sleep apnea. Normal breathing is also something that can be affected by being obese. The obese young adult or child may develop asthma due to their weight condition. If you have a problem with your normal breathing process, it may also be referred to as an exercise intolerance. Everyone has seen that obese people always seem to have trouble breathing. Because your body is having to work harder, it has to breathe harder, so this is a natural response. Your cardiovascular system is just going to get more stress on it because of this. Hypertension and high blood pressure are all but synonymous with obesity no matter what your age may be. Some of the more severe medical problems aren't as likely to show up as a part of childhood obesity while others are a lot more likely to surface. High blood pressure is just one of the conditions that happens quite a lot to kids who are severely overweight or obese. Obviously there is physical stress that gets put on the body when a person has excess weight but there is significant psychological stress as well. Physical and verbal abuse from classmates and peers is the norm for children who are obese. So all of that adds up to a chronically stressful situation which, in turn, causes high blood pressure to occur. Type II diabetes is a real thread to kids, teens and adults who suffer from obesity. Of course, it does make a certain sum of sense that it might happen. This particular kind of diabetes is different from Type I in that it can be prevented in some cases. Risk factors for Type II diabetes include weight problems like obesity and a prolonged sedentary lifestyle. An obese body is under more pressure to produce insulin than a body that is not obese. There is obviously, in this situation, a far greater amount of person who needs the hormone. Then, in time the body simply becomes resistant to insulin and Type II occurs. Worldwide medical research has confirmed that obstructive sleep apnea is more common in obese children. This condition is very serious because what happens is the airway actually becomes blocked during sleep. Overweight and obese kids will tend to snore, as well, however that can even be deceiving according to researchers. The reason for that is the snoring is sometimes a hidden symptom of OSA, obstructive sleep apnea. One possible approach that has been studied is using the procedure, adenotonsillectomy, to treat this condition in obese teens and younger children. "Kids are cruel" is one of the oldest and most common expressions that people hear. It's likely
  3. 3. that most of us have experienced this truism at some point in our lives. Obese children are quite a lot more likely to be forced to endure cruelty in the form of verbal humiliation and teasing. The fact that most of the kids survive all of those years of school without losing their minds is a miracle. We all understand that that kind of long lasting abuse can have severe consequences later on. The list of conditions this kind of constant psychological abuse can cause is a long one. The most serious risk factors will be in the cardiovascular system. Triglycerides are in the fatty blood profiles of obese children as well as having elevated serum cholesterol. These heart diseases need to be stopped straight away due to their tendency to develop early on in life. Imagine your child having to take prescription medication to counter their high cholesterol. There are known side effects that adults accept when they have to take these medications. A teen or young child may find it complicated to take such medicines. Just about any person who is obese suffers from a litany of psychological challenges. When it feels like all of the kids around you are mean to you every day that can cause stress, low self esteem low self confidence and even make the child hate him or herself. These are silent problems that obese kids and teens often endure all by themselves. If the situation gets severe enough and goes on long enough the child may even start to develop sociopathic behaviors. There isn't any real data to say how many obese teenagers go on to college. Our guess is that the number is relatively small and that there are quite a lot more obese high school kids than college kids. Could you really blame them for choosing not to go when they probably imagine those years to be just as torturous as their high school years? There are also gender specific problems in terms of obesity in young girls who have started going through puberty. Menstrual problems are a common problem in obese women and girls. This issue is caused by the interference of the female body's ability to produce normal hormones. This then wreaks havoc on the girl or woman's menstrual cycle. The obese condition causes the females to become predisposed to this happening. Sterility is another common result for some women, particularly if hormonal interference is strong. But also consider that if there is hormone disruption, then what is the impact on the rest of the female bodily processes that require hormones? The human body needs hormone production to be normal and well functioning in order to keep the metabolism functioning properly. Researchers still don't know if there is a direct correlation between obesity and early onset puberty which is more common in girls than in boys. However, there is a certain amount of common sense looking at what is known. For example, it is widely known that kids who are overweight or obese grow faster and enter puberty earlier. But it is a time in which clear decisions need to be made as to what causes what. Obviously early onset puberty is not as terrible a threat as other conditions that are related to childhood obesity but there can be implications that accompany the abnormally young age for puberty to set in for these kids.|Part and parcel with the bullying and general social ostracizing encountered at school, overweight and obese children/teens are practically guaranteed to develop social dysfunction. One other term used is "social disabilities" in which there are high degrees of depression, extreme levels of unhappiness, etc. One natural result of all of this is super high stress levels which are known to be detrimental
  4. 4. to both the brain and the body. Curiously this means that some kids will become bullies themselves. What, obviously, is happening here is that the behavior is a sign of the anger that has more than likely accumulated from being bullied themselves.|The prospects for an obese child do not appear to be very promising for many reasons. The fact that a young person is obese is actually a serious risk factor for a laundry list of health problems and diseases as an adult. What about the possibility of reversing the obese condition? Thanks to results we can see that obese teenagers are 16x more likely to become severely obese adults. For these teens, this does not bode well at all. The quality of the child as an adult is likely to be very poor because they start to develop these risk factors at an early age. The socialization process and development of a person's individuality and personality accelerates during the teen age years. The development of a teen's body image is especially critical as well. An obese teen is going to have a hard time developing normally as far as these things are concerned. What happens then is that the obese teen leaves high school at distinct disadvantages. The ability to compete and succeed, in normally accepted standards, will be almost non-existent for many.|You already know that there is a horrible social stigma that gets attached to kids and teens who are obese. They have a hard time even doing everyday things like getting through the school day. The effects of this kind of activity can wreak havoc on a person for the rest of his or her life. Every person is going to react differently to this, for sure. The ripple effect is huge here so it is important that obese people seek counseling so that they will have help dealing with the after effects of this stigma and behavior. Early onset obesity is a real problem that affects even those who do not suffer from it. You should also look at it from the point of view of how much it costs society. Kids who are obese usually grow up into adults who are obese and that condition usually costs quite a lot in medical care, time taken off of work, etc. So this really is a social problem even though that is not at the forefront of awareness. Obviously once obese children have reached this point, they are already at intense physical and social disadvantages. We all know how difficult it can be to lose that kind of weight, and only the very determined can do it and only with support. It is important for parents and friends to offer as much support as they can. Young adults and kids alike are resilient people and have an easier time bouncing back once healthy directions have been taken. Of course, it depends on whether or not any medical conditions are present. These children need to lose this weight so we think that it is a good idea for them to have an emergency plan of action. Of course we realize there are millions of unique situations with these children. This situation has eluded being reversed so far, but it is very serious. It is vital, if you suffer from obesity, to talk to an adult who is qualified to help you work through your weight problem. It is important to be well informed as to the causes of this condition. Alternatively, something can be done about it and you are never too late to try to work back toward good health. Obese children and young adults can accurately be described as the walking wounded. This is because obesity ravages both the body and the mind. For new info ensure you take the time to view our site by heading over to this great link - liver
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