September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is Childhood Obesity Month

Childhood obesity is a condition in which a child is significantly overweight for his or her age and height. It is a serious problem in the United States. 14.4 million Children are affected by childhood obesity (children 2-5 year old 13.4%, 6-11 20.3% and 12-19 21.2%).
Childhood obesity can harm the body in a variety of ways. Children who have obesity are more likely to have:

  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
  • Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Breathing problems, such as asthma and sleep apnea.
  • Joint problems and musculoskeletal discomfort.
  • Fatty liver disease, gallstones, and gastro-esophageal reflux (i.e., heartburn).

Childhood obesity is also related to:

  • Psychological problems such as anxiety and depression.
  • Low self-esteem and lower self-reported quality of life.
  • Social problems such as bullying and stigma.
  • Children who have obesity are more likely to become adults with obesity.11 Adult obesity is associated with
    increased risk of several serious health conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
  • If children have obesity, their obesity and disease risk factors in adulthood are likely to be more severe.

With the numbers of COVID-19 increasing and schools opening and closing, this is a good time to focus on our
children’s health especially weight. Please follow up with your MD with any questions or concerns.

 

 

 

Written by LaVella Head

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