The uncontrolled increase in obese children is alarming. However, obesity per se isn’t just the main issue that we must give attention to. People are so caught up with the term that none of us really know what’s going on. It’s like building a house without thinking of the kitchen installation or throwing all sorts of criticisms without knowing the facts. Many parents often overlook the true hidden dangers of this new childhood problem and eventually offer no preventive measures to avoid the inevitable. The neglect is often caused by certain factors like ignorance, denial and fear of judgment. To help everyone understand the real health risks of childhood obesity, here is a list of the possible problems that a child is predisposed to acquire if the problem is left unnoticed.
One problem that usually appears during the early years of obesity is asthma. Asthma is often associated with obesity because of the difficulty in breathing due to the constriction of the bronchi caused by compression. A large number of overweight kids have no history of asthma in their families, but they develop it through time.
Another problem with obesity is the dreaded heart disease. This degenerative disease is very dangerous once it begins at a very young age. A child’s heart may still have less developed muscles. This usually leads to more severe problems like stroke and cardio vascular disease as early as the child reaches his or her 20’s or 30’s.
In relation to heart disease, another major problem is high blood pressure. This is one of the leading causes of adult mortality. The dangers of high blood pressure are the late onset of symptoms which may often only be treated with medicine and surgery.
Only a few decades ago, researchers have discovered the significant impact of obesity on the liver. At a young age, kids are already vulnerable to the development of a certain liver disease known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) which often leads to cirrhosis or liver cancer.
For girls, obesity can cause menstrual abnormalities like early onset of puberty, gaps in the menstrual cycle and even the inability to bear a child.
Surprisingly, irresponsible parenting is one of the root causes of childhood obesity. If parents are not aware that these serious health risks may happen to their kids, the next generation of children might already have certain diseases appearing as early as their teenage years.
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