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You did not know this about child obesity

It not easy for even kids when they face adverse health effects due to obesity and lack of self confidence. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, suggested that obesity and emotional problems were likely to develop hand-in-hand in childhood, from the age of seven. However, the link wasn’t apparent in younger children, said the study.

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Researchers found that overweight seven-year-olds are at a high risk of anxiety and depression by the age of 11

“People think it’s as simple as eating less and exercising more - but it's much more complex than that. Obesity and emotional problems are intertwined,”  said Dr Charlotte Hardman, senior psychology lecturer at the University of Liverpool.

Obesity during childhood can result in serious physiological and psychological difficulties, including –

  • High blood pressure and cholesterol, which are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease

  • Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes

  • Asthma, sleep apnea, and breathing problems

  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

  • Bone fractures

  • Psychological problems such as anxiety, depression

  • Low self-esteem

  • Social problems like bullying and stigma

  • Behavior and learning problems

  • Additionally, obese kids are more likely to stay obese into adulthood.

There are various health and wellness clinics who are providing preventive healthcare and obesity treatments. The goal of obesity treatment is to reach and stay at a healthy weight. Child may need to work with a team of health professionals — including a dietitian, behavior counselor or an obesity specialist — to help them understand and make changes in their eating and activity habits.

The initial treatment goal is usually a modest weight loss — 3 to 5 percent of total weight. That means that if a child weigh 91 kg and obese by BMI standards, would need to lose only about 2.7 to 4.5 kg for health to begin to improve. However, the more weight a child loses, the greater the benefits.

All weight-loss programs require changes in eating habits and increased physical activity. The treatment methods that are right for a child depend on the level of obesity, overall health and willingness to participate in a weight-loss plan.

Other treatment tools include:

  • Dietary changes

  • Exercise and activity

  • Behavior change

  • Prescription weight-loss medications

  • Weight-loss surgery

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.

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