Did you know?
- 1 in 3 are overweight!
- 33% Watch more than 3 hours of TV
- Portion sizes have become 2-5x bigger
Childhood obesity is a growing problem. But, there are some simple solutions.
- Less Pop More Water
- Healthier Food Choices
- Longer Periods of Active Play
Physical complications of Childhood Obesity via The Mayo Clinic
- Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your child’s body uses sugar (glucose). Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome isn’t a disease itself, but a cluster of conditions that can put your child at risk of developing heart disease, diabetes or other health problems. This cluster of conditions includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol and excess abdominal fat.
- High cholesterol and high blood pressure. Your child can develop high blood pressure or high cholesterol if he or she eats a poor diet. These factors can contribute to the buildup of plaques in the arteries. These plaques can cause arteries to narrow and harden, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke later in life.
- Asthma. Children who are overweight or obese may be more likely to have asthma.
- Sleep disorders. Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder in which a child’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts when he or she sleeps. It can be a complication of childhood obesity.
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This disorder, which usually causes no symptoms, causes fatty deposits to build up in the liver. NAFLD can lead to scarring and liver damage.
- Early puberty or menstruation. Being obese can create hormone imbalances that may cause puberty to start earlier than expected.
For more solutions and encouragement to combat this growing problem, be sure to check out the previous post: Our Supersized Kids What Do We Do