Health issues in Overweight Children

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overweight children

Health issues in Overweight Children


What are the health issues among children with obesity?


There are several issues recognised in overweight children .

These include

  • High blood pressure,
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Elevated blood cholesterol levels.
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Shortness of breath that makes exercise, sports, or any physical activity more difficult.
  • Restless sleep or breathing problems at night, such as obstructive sleep apnea
  • Tendency to mature earlier.
  • Overweight children may be taller and more sexually mature than their peers, raising expectations that they should act as old as they look, not as old as they are.
  • Overweight girls may have irregular menstrual cycles and fertility problems in adulthood.
  • liver and gallbladder disease

What are the Psychological effects in child with overweight?


There are many psychological effects observed in children with obesity :

Obese children are more prone to

  • Lack of self confidence
  • Low self-esteem,
  • Negative body image
  • Depression

Performance in sports and studies are equally affected for these students with childhood obesity.


How the prediction is expected for children with overweight?


Here is the sobering statements regarding the severity of the childhood obesity epidemic came from former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, who characterized the threat as follows:

“Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.”


How to classify overweight or obesity?


On a standard BMI chart, kids ages 2 to 19 fall into one of four categories:

  1. underweight: BMI below the 5th percentile
  2. normal weight: BMI at the 5th and less than the 85th percentile
  3. overweight: BMI at the 85th and below 95th percentiles
  4. obese: BMI at or above 95th percentile

 Why child becomes Overweight or Obese?


Factors contribute to a person becoming overweight.

  • Diet habits
  • Lack of exercise
  • Genetics
obesity in children

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How to keep child healthy?


  • Healthy eating for all family
  • Exercise is the key
  • Avoid sweets or treats as gifts
  • If child is satisfied, don’t force him or her to eat more
  • Reinforce the idea that they should only eat when they’re hungry.
  • Serve healthy foods most of the time and offer treats once in a while.

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