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childhood obesity the terrible
Not so very long ago obesity and all of its accompanying complications were limited to the realm
of adulthood. In the US, things have changed for the worse in the past few decades. In addition to
having more adults than before, kids and teens are developing this condition at younger ages
than ever before. For children the most obvious influences are typically their parents though
education and awareness raising are also super important. It is, however, the parents who must
offer guidance and act as positive role models. What the obese child is facing are immediate
threats to physical health and mental well-being. Going beyond that, there are dangerous risk
factors that can and will surface later on. For kids this is a terrible situation that is almost
impossible to beat back and get over. Lots of scientists, researchers and professionals have been
watching this growing trend for decades. Children, pre-teens and teens have been steadily
gaining more weight, and the health implications are enormous. Lots of research and studies
have been performed in the last thirty years. The one thing that is for sure is that childhood
obesity is a major risk factor for several terrible diseases that happen later in life. It is incredibly
important that parents understand that this story is more involved than just this. Clinically obese
and overweight kids are going to experience effects from their condition long before they mature
into adulthood. Obesity in children has been getting press coverage for ages. But this has made
almost no difference, even in the US where it has reached epidemic proportions.
We all know what the causes of obesity are, so we will not talk about this or assign blame for it.
Children can have major health risks that may be life-threatening in later years if they are officially
obese or overweight. Physical and psychological areas are suffering in a noticeable percentage of
this entire generation. Being overweight will make peers be brutal, which should not have to be
endured as well as being a teen. Let's take a closer look at what the obese child is facing, today.
Time is an important part of the nature of lots of weight-related health problems. What we mean is
it takes a good deal of time for the serious symptoms to begin surfacing. Still, the stage definitely
gets set for later on in life when a child is obese. Even so, children will tend to have fewer medical
problems due to obesity because they are young. But the condition in and of itself is definitely a
risk factor for later on when adult sized conditions and problems develop. Liver disease, heart
disease, high blood pressure, certain kinds of cancer, diabetes and stroke are all serious
possibilities. Childhood obesity is a major and constant problem in the United States and this has
had professionals from every stripe confused and befuddled. Obviously it doesn't help matters
that most foods sold in the US are packed full of high fructose corn syrup. But that can keep for
another time. Obese children almost seem like they never had a chance at life, and we feel that is
a sad testimony. Kids who suffer from childhood obesity are forced to deal with things like back
pain, joint pain, arthritis, Type II diabetes and terrible bullying from their peers who don't
understand the condition. There is much more to this sad state of affairs, and we will mention just
a few in this article.
The obese child is now facing a harrowing path toward insane health issues. One problem, for
example, is fatty liver disease (which is just about the most common liver disease). A while ago
most people figured that alcoholism and sclerosis were the primary causes of liver problems.
Today, though, we understand that fatty liver disease is most often caused by chronic obesity.
What typically makes the problems with the liver worse is the fact that an obese person has really
terrible metabolism. The liver helps by getting rid of anything that is not good for the body. This,
then, puts more pressure on the bodily systems of children and teens who are obese. The variety
of medical problems experienced by obese young people is big. Plenty of things influence these
kids, like genetics. Severely obese kids and teens are more prone to conditions that adversely
effect their bones and joints. Lots of the time, problems that are connected to the load bearing
joints are the first to show up. Stress on the skeleton is particularly prevalent in the hips, knees,
feet and ankles. Kids are going to have to deal with joint pain, typically in their backs as well as
constant low swelling around their joints. Arthritis in these children and teens is commonly
diagnosed, as well. The whole human body is stressed in physical areas if you are overweight. If
we look at the respiratory system, children that are obese can have obstructive sleep apnea that
can be potentially dangerous. Normal breathing is also something that can be affected by being
From being overweight a child or young adult can develop asthma. A different term used is
exercise intolerance and it is when something challenges your normal breathing process.
Everyone has seen that obese people always seem to have trouble breathing. This is a natural
response because the body is having to work harder. Because of this stress will increase on your
entire cardiovascular system. Hypertension and high blood pressure are all but synonymous with
obesity no matter what your age may be. Some severe medical conditions will not be seen in
childhood obesity while others are more likely to surface. High blood pressure is one of these
problems and it is most commonly diagnosed in young people who are severely obese or
overweight. Obviously there is physical stress that gets put on the body when a person has
excess weight but there is significant psychological stress as well. Obese kids are regularly
abused both physically and verbally by their classmates. That can all build up into a severely high
stress situation for the child which contributes to the raising of his or her blood pressure. Type II
diabetes is a real thread to kids, teens and adults who suffer from obesity. It's not a mystery why
this condition develops in these situations. This specific kind of diabetes is different than Type I
because it can be prevented sometimes. Type II diabetes is most often caused by obesity and
other weight related issues and a prolonged sedentary existence. An obese body is under more
pressure to produce insulin than a body that is not obese. This is because there are more cells
that need it. Over time the body becomes better able to resist the insulin and that is when Type II
diabetes develops. Medical research has been done all over the world that proves that obstructive
sleep apnea is a more common occurrence in kids and teens than "regular" kids. This condition is
alarming because it leads to the blocking of a child's airway while he or she is sleeping. Kids who
are overweight and obese are more likely to snore too but, according to researchers, that is
actually deceiving. The reason for that is the snoring is sometimes a hidden symptom of OSA,
obstructive sleep apnea. It is possible that having an adenotonsillectomy will help children and
teens who are obese deal with this problem.
Perhaps the oldest expression out there is that children are cruel to each other. It's probable that
most of us have had to deal with this particular truism at some point in our youths. Kids who are
obese are typically targets of intense bullying and extraordinary levels of verbal humiliation. It is
any wonder how these children can get through all those years of school with their sanity intact.
We all know the possible consequences of such chronic abuse. The constant assault can have a
major impact on things like the children's self esteem and confidence, etc.
The most serious risk factors will be in the cardiovascular system. Not only do obese children
have elevated cholesterol but they also have generally fatty blood profiles which involves
triglycerides. Because these heart diseases start early in life, they need to be intervened
immediately. So, just imagine a very young person taking prescription medication to counter the
effects of high cholesterol. There are known side effects that adults accept when they have to
take these medications.
The situation is only complicated for a young child or teen due to such medicines.
Every person who suffers from obesity usually suffers from a variety of psychological issues too.
When it seems like all of the kids in your class abuse you every day, that will cause serious
stress, anxiety, low self esteem, poor to zero self confidence and maybe even hatred toward self
or others. All of these are silent problems that many obese kids and teens try to deal with all
alone. If the situation is allowed to go on long enough the person dealing with it could even
develop sociopathic behaviors. There isn't any real data to say how many obese teenagers go on
to college. Our guess is that the number is relatively small and that there are quite a lot more
obese high school kids than college kids. Who can really blame them, though when they might be
imagining more years of abuse and torture. Young girls who have gotten past puberty are also at
risk for gender specific obesity-related issues. Menstrual cycle issues are particularly prevalent in
women and girls who are obese. This happens because the body doesn't have the ability to
produce hormones properly. The overall effect is to cause any and all manner of irregularities with
the menstrual cycle. Obesity makes women predisposed to these conditions. What is also
commonly seen as a result of this is for the obese female to essentially become sterile if the
interference is significant. But also consider that if there is hormone disruption, then what is the
impact on the rest of the female bodily processes that require hormones? The human body needs
hormone production to be normal and well functioning in order to keep the metabolism functioning
Science is still trying to puzzle out whether or not early onset obesity has a direct relationship with
early onset puberty. Of course there is definitely more common sense and looking at the things
we know now involved. For example, it is widely known that kids who are overweight or obese
grow faster and enter puberty earlier. This still, though, requires a clearer determination of
causality than currently exists. While this is obviously not that serious a threat as the other obesity
related problems, there are definitely serious implications that accompany abnormally young ages
for the onset of puberty. Not only that but that, when paired with the feelings of being ostracized
and bullied at school, it is a miracle if an obese child or teen doesn't develop a major social
dysfunctional disorder. Another term used is social disabilities, and there is the obvious high
degree of extreme unhappiness, depression, etc. A natural result from this is an exceedingly high
stress level which is widely recognized as having unhealthy psychological and physical problems.
One potential reaction is for obese children to become bullies themselves. What, obviously, is
happening here is that the behavior is a sign of the anger that has more than likely accumulated
from being bullied themselves. The prospects do not seem very promising for an obese child for
many reasons. The fact that a young person is obese is actually a serious risk factor for a laundry
list of health problems and diseases as an adult. What about the possibility of reversing the obese
Well, studies show that obese teenagers are sixteen times more prone to developing into severely
obese adults. This is very clearly not boding well for those teens. Because the risk factors are
developed at an early age, they are likely to have a very poor quality of life as an adult. The
process of socialization and development of a human's personality and individuality gets a lot
faster during the teen years. In addition to those processes, a teenager's body image is at a
particularly dicey stage. An obese teen is going to have a hard time developing normally as far as
these things are concerned. What happens then is that the obese teen leaves high school at
distinct disadvantages. It will be harder for most of them to compete and succeed by normally
accepted standards. You already know about the severe social stigma that is attached to kids and
teens who suffer from obesity. They have a hard time even doing everyday things like getting
through the school day. A person who endures this kind of constant psychological warfare can
become scarred for life. Every person is going to react differently to this, for sure. Being obese
has all sorts of problems and that means that it is very important that someone who has been or
is still obese should get counseling so that they can better deal with the damage that has been
done. The real issue of obesity in young kids and teens is something that will affect everyone. It is
also important to look at this from the viewpoint of cost to the overall society. Kids who are obese
usually grow up into adults who are obese and that condition usually costs quite a lot in medical
care, time taken off of work, etc. This means that it is really a problem for society as a whole
though few people grasp that.
Obviously, obese children are at tremendous physical and social disadvantages once they have
reached their condition. We all know that it is difficult to lose weight and that the only way to truly
make it happen is when you have a high level of determination and support to make it happen.
Parents and any friends the child has need to be as supportive as humanly possible. Young
adults and kids have an amazing reserve of resiliency and can bounce back if healthy directives
are taken. But of course it just depends on what, if any, serious medical conditions have become
An emergency plan of action is what we think these children need, so that they can start to lose
weight. We know that for each of these children their situations are different. This situation is very
serious and it has so far avoided being reversed.
It is very important for kids who are suffering from obesity to find a trusted and qualified adult to
talk to about their weight conditions. You should become educated about the causes of your
condition. The good news is that you can do something about your condition and you are never
too old to try to get healthy.|"The walking wounded" is a term that is often assigned to obese kids
and young adults. This is because obesity ravages both the body and the mind.
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