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What are The Consequences of Childhood Obesity?

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Childhood obesity is a serious health crisis not only at national levels but on an international scale too. It is worldwide accepted the fact that obesity is not because it runs in the family, but it is because no one runs in the family.

As per the recent reports, the expected prevalence rate of obesity among school children in India is somewhere between 5.74% – 8.82%. Furthermore, if statistics are to be believed, then there would be around 17 million obese children in India by 2025. Isn’t it an alarming figure for all? Is it the time for us to take action and try to get the situation under control? Yes, it is.

In the words of Bob Filner, “It is said that childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating.” Why not be educated enough to handle the situation well in advance by studying about and understanding the childhood obesity causes and consequences?

What causes obesity among children?

The reason is not one but many. Moreover, there are different aspects to it. It happens chiefly due to the imbalance between the amount of calorie intake and the calories utilized. Obesity happens to be multi factorial among children; the broad categories can be:

  • Genetic Factors – Children might be obese due to hereditary reasons, i.e., if it is genetically transferred to the baby
  • Behavioral Factors – The eating habits and level of physical activity in a child’s life is directly responsible for his/her weight
  • Environmental Factors – Children growing under parental supervision are less prone to obesity as compared to those who stay with guardians or day care where the children get the freedom to choose food of their choice.

As parents, it is our duty to guarantee that the children stay away from the factors that can be controlled at our end else the consequences of childhood obesity are as follows:

  • Health issues – Obese children are at a high risk of cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and Type 2 diabetes as well. They might also get affected by respiratory problems in addition to muscle and joint disorders. Degeneration of liver due to fat accumulation is yet another consequence of childhood obesity.
  • Psychological and social issues – An odd body image can be a negative attribute for many children, i.e., it can result in low self-esteem. The cases of depression these days have become way too common among children and the chances of occurrence increase if their body is not in shape. The same can have a direct visible impact on their overall progress resulting in slow development in academics and other fields too.

Furthermore, the social discrimination such children face can lead to many more severe uncontrollable consequences too.

It is high time that we pull up our socks and save an entire generation from getting lost in this ordeal taking away our children from us – if not physically then mentally, emotionally and socially as well.

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