Combat Obesity To Save Your Child
Health Problem Obese Child Faces
Kids & Their Health Issues
Adult and Childhood Obesity Statistics
Your Obese Child - Obesity Can Kill Them Young
Combat Obesity To Save Your Child
Health Problem Obese Child Faces
A health problem obese child faces can range from things like the future likelihood of diseases like diabetes and heart disease to things like childhood asthma. Being a heavy kid is statistically proven to raise your chances of growing up to be a heavy adult. The health problem obese child faces are serious but losing weight and getting healthy as soon as possible can greatly reduce those serious risks.
A health problem obese child faces that not many people think of when they think of heavy kids is the potential for arthritis and joint problems. While it’s obvious that a heavy adult has a better chance of developing arthritis, bad knees and other joint problems, few people think of these things in terms of childhood obesity.
But when a child is obese, their bodies and joints are carrying that extra weight longer than the adult who becomes overweight. In some cases with very obese kids, the extra weight can actually cause bones and joints to develop abnormally.
When the joints are under more pressure than they were designed for and they’re still growing, it can cause some serious problems. Even if they grow normally, they’re still faced with carrying more weight than they should.
Most arthritis is caused by years of wear on a joint. When that wear is made worse by a person being heavy as a child, that means they’ve had more years of wear than a normal weight adult. This makes the risk of early arthritis and other joint conditions a very real one.
Damage and chronic problems with the ankles and knees are more likely to occur at a young age. And a health problem obese child faces at a greater risk is something called slipped capital femoral epiphyses or SCFE.
This is a damaging hip condition that requires surgery to minimize damage to the hip joint. It occurs with much greater frequently in obese kids and adults than in those of a healthy weight.
Asthma is another condition that can be brought on or worsened by childhood obesity. If a child is going to develop asthma, that the child is overweight can make it an extra difficult disease to deal with.
If a child develops asthma, then getting out of breath during exercise or play can bring on an asthma attack. If the child is overweight or obese it takes less time to get out of breath, raising the potential for attacks.
It’s also going to be more difficult for a heavy child to lose weight if the fear of an asthma attack curbs the ability to exercise. The inability to exercise efficiently because of asthma can lead to weight gain, which only exacerbates all these other problems.
Another condition that’s more prevalent in heavy kids is depression. A kid’s self-esteem and self-confidence is often very closely tied to body image. When a child is upset about being fat it’s easy to get depressed which makes it more difficult to lose weight.
This is a health problem a obese child faces
that losing weight can also help with.
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Adult and Childhood Obesity Statistics
Adult and childhood obesity has grown drastically over the last few decades. It is being blames on a more sedentary lifestyle especially in the urban areas. Every aspect of life has been affected by the recent changes, such as use of a car instead of walking, use of the media or internet instead of an active social participation for all adults, and time spent in front of television or computer for children instead of being outside and indulging in sports or games.
Both these age groups have also shown a remarkable growth in consumption of packaged foods or higher calorie count meals instead of a simpler and healthier choice of vegetables, meat and fruits.
The aggressive growth of junk foods like chips/crisps, ice-creams, sodas or cold drinks, or food chains like MacDonald, KFC, etc. has given rise to unhealthy food habits. Consumption of alcohol has also risen which many consider to be nothing but empty calories.
How Obesity Is Determined
Obesity is now not just linked to adults but also children, even infants. It has been calculated using the Body Mass Index regulator which compares the height to weight ratio and also measures the amount of fat cells in the body.
A BMI above 25 is adjudged as overweight and above 30 defines obesity. It has been said that both being overweight and obese are caused by a basic “caloric imbalance”, that is, consumption of more calories than what is being spent and it is affected by behavioural, psychological, environmental and psychological factors.
The situation is dire for obese people as they are in direct risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, including chronic ailments and increases the chances of getting a stroke. In the year 2008, it was the leading cause of death.
Diabetes and musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis wherein the joints become highly disables is also caused by obesity. Even some cancers such as thyroid, breast, colon and endometrial is caused by obesity.
These problems are found in adult obesity. Children encounter a whole different set of problems like premature death in infants, breathing difficulties, hypertension, increased fracture risk, beginnings of cardiovascular problems and early diabetes, as well as many psychological effects.
Obesity Facts And Figures
According to a WHO report, since 1980, the figures of worldwide obesity have doubled from 15% to 30%.
More than 2/3 of U.S. adults were overweight or obese in 2014.
According to Ogden, et al, the prevalence of obesity in the US is staggering, with 68.5% of people who are either overweight or obese and 6.4% are extremely obese with a BMI of 40 or greater.
According to research published in the American Journal Of Public Health, obesity related conditions account for approximately 18% of all deaths in the United States, a number that is three times greater than previous estimates.
The Healthy Americans website reports that more than ¼ of health care costs are caused by obesity related conditions.
The World Health Organization reports that 44% of diabetes, 23% of heart disease and between 7% and 41% of specific cancers are attributed to obesity and overweight.
The staggering statistics point to the fact that 3.4 million people die each year due to being overweight or obese. In over 65% of the world’s nations, obesity causes more deaths than being underweight.
As far as children are concerned, the situation is even worse. The Center For Disease Control reports that in the year 2012, overweight or obesity extended to over 1/3 of the population of children. In fact, where obesity among adults has just doubled in adults since 1980, it has quadrupled in adolescents and also more than doubled in children in the past 30 years.
31.8% of adolescents and children are either overweight or obese and of that 31.8%, 16.9% are obese.
And, ¼ of 2 to 5-year-old children and 1/3 of school age children are either overweight or obese in the United States.
The Center for Disease Control reports that 30.4% of low-income home preschool age children are either overweight or obese, this is primarily attributed to the fact that unhealthy convenience foods tend to be cheaper than healthy ones.
From 1980 till 2012, the number of obese children in the US between the ages of 6-11 increased from 7% to 18%. Amongst adolescents between the age group of 12-19 years, the percentage increased from 5% to 21%.
Most shockingly, studies have shown that in the year 2011, over 40 million children under the age of five were overweight.
Impact on Children’s Health
It is reported that nearly 3,700 children and adolescents under the age of 20 are diagnosed with preventable Type 2 diabetes as a result of obesity each and every year. By 2050, the number of teen diabetics will increase by nearly 50% to more than 84,000. 45% of children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes also had hypertension, 3% developed kidney disease and 9% died from their condition within nine years of initial diagnosis.
There are other conditions related to obesity that affect kids, including, heart disease, high blood pressure asthma and sleep apnoea.
Obesity Rates By State U.S.A.
Montana had the lowest obesity rates in the United States falling in at 19.6% in 2013.
Colorado comes in second with the lowest rates of obesity at 20.4%. Nevada comes in third with the lowest rates at 21.1%.
Mississippi had the highest rates of obesity with 35.4% in 2013.
Additionally, the states with the highest obesity rates also had the highest numbers of chronic disease.
In fact, 35.8% percent of Americans who live in the 10 most obese states have high blood pressure (compared to 26.4% in states with lowest obesity rates), and 28.2% have high cholesterol (5% higher than seen in states with lowest obesity rates).
Additionally, depression rates in those states is 20.7%, diabetes rates are at 14.3% and those with cancer account for 7.8%. Also, the heart attack rates in the states with the highest obesity rates is 5%.
Of those who reside in the least obese states 67% reported eating a healthy diet regularly and 59.6% stated they eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. And, 56% reported doing at least 3o minutes of exercise 3 days per week.
However, the good news is that obesity is curable. Unlike many other risk factors in human health, obesity can be checked by following a proper diet and exercise. As a last resort, even surgery could be employed for dealing with obesity.
Yet, the best way forward is to
lead a more active and healthy life
from a young age and
continue it in adulthood.
Your Obese Child –
Obesity Can Kill Them Young
Unfortunately yes, dying young is a major health problem of an obese child. In fact this is the first generation in a long time, where statistically speaking the chances of children dying before their parents is rising. It is very sad particularly when it is totally avoidable through education, a decent diet and exercise.
Does that mean that the parents are at fault if their child is obese? No of course not, life is never that simple. There could be an underlying medical reason why the child is overweight but in general it comes down to a poor understanding of basic home economics. People lack the knowledge required to ensure that their families are eating healthy food. This is not just because of a lack of education but in some cases it is a lack of cash as well.
Decent food can be more expensive. A huge amount of money spent by various food retailers on marketing to convince us that certain foods are good for us. For example the fast food restaurants introducing bags of salad in a bid to convince us that eating in their establishment was healthy. With so much miss-information being given out by the media and advertising, why are we surprised that childhood rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and other illnesses are increasing?
So what can we do? We can all start by re-educating ourselves and our families. Work on what happens in your own home first before you try and take on the world. Teach your children the basics of good food nutrition. You can borrow or buy plenty of books on the subject from your local bookstore or library. Your medical clinic may employ a dietician who can help you to draw up a healthy menu for your family.
Start by ditching all the processed food you can. If you can't give your family a homecooked meal every evening, at least aim to do it on five out of the seven nights. Insist your kids eat their dinner around a table perhaps while discussing their day with you and their siblings. Turn off the TV or the computer and enjoy an old fashioned healthy meal.
Every meal you eat should include some vegetables or fruit, ideally the former. We all know we should be eating five different types of fruit or vegetables a day. Try and get into the habit of doing this. It isn't going to be easy as your kids may not like vegetables but I am sure there are ways and means you can adopt to fool them. You can try giving them grated raw carrot if they hate cooked ones. Blend up vegetables and hide them in the pasta sauce. Try combining fruit and vegetables in home-made juices. Get your kids involved in preparing the dinner as they are more likely to eat the food afterwards.
As well as eating more healthy foods, you need to get your children outdoors doing physical activities. Try walking to school if possible and going to the park or playground as a matter of routine rather than a one off treat. Small changes will lead to bigger ones.
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