Understanding childhood obesity: Accumulating too much fat in the body
The many threats in life today is pushing everyone to be attentive in understanding childhood obesity and overweight. Because of the prevalence of obesity and overweight particularly in children, we cannot afford to overlook this disturbing condition. Research tells us a about how parents can fight the obesity epidemic for the good health of their children and even for themselves. But the question is, are we doing enough to bring this escalating problem to a manageable level? Let me be very specific, are you doing anything to bring the problem of obesity and overweight in children to manageable levels? As you ponder about that I want to bring to your attention that irrespective of what you are doing, AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under Doctor Akoury’s care is doing something and are changing lives of people globally in regard to this problem. We don’t want you to be left out and so as we get into the discussion, I want to request you to schedule for an appointment with doctor Akoury if you or your child is struggling with obesity.
The simplest understanding of what obesity is would means having too much body fat. A child is obese if their weight is more than 20% higher than the ideal weight for a boy or girl of their age and height. These excess fats are the problem and the sooner we deal with them the better not just for us but for the generations to come. If we can pool together, then we will be we will bring up generations free of obesity and overweight. To help us do this, let us find some answers to these questions as we progress.
Understanding childhood obesity: How common is obesity today?
The available statistics is worrying not just in the US but globally. However using the US as an example research indicates that in the years 1980-2000, the rate of obesity and overweight has more than double particularly in children and teens. It is no wonder that the problem is being considered an epidemic. Today figures have changed on the upward trend with about 17.1% of our children and teen being either obese or overweight. With this trend we must stop asking how common but join in the fight of the epidemic for a better tomorrow.
Understanding childhood obesity: Concerns about obesity in general
Just like in the adults being obese increases a child’s risk for some serious and chronic childhood medical problems associated with overweight. Such conditions may include:
- Pre-diabetes and diabetes
- Heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Hyperlipidemia (too much cholesterol in the blood, which can clog the arteries)
- Sleep apnea and breathing problems
- Bone conditions, such as hip problems
- Gastro-intestinal diseases
- Early puberty
- Psychological problems, like poor self-esteem and depression
Finally, if this is not addressed at its initial stage, then these children are at greater risk of becoming obese adults and inheriting all the health problems associated with obesity lasting through the lifespan. These obesity-associated health problems include high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, gout, pulmonary problems, gall bladder disease, liver disease, psychosocial problems, reproductive problems, and some types of cancer.