What Causes Childhood Obesity and Why is it Increasing so Fast?
Does obesity run in your family, and are you worried about your kids inheriting the same?
Does your child go on food eating spree although he isn’t hungry?
Are you worried that your child may end up being obese considering his widening waistline?
If mere listening to these questions alarms you about the wellbeing of your child, we encourage you to read this blog and ponder.
Obesity in children is a severe medical condition that attacks children and adolescents. Children can be said obese when they are above the normal weight for their age and height.
Childhood obesity is a problem and makes worrying because extra pounds make children face health problems that are faced by an adult problem such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Many overweight children become obese adult, especially if one parent or both parents are overweight. Obesity in children can also cause poor self-esteem and depression.
One of the best strategies to reduce obesity in childhood is to improve the nutrition and physical habits of your entire family and spend time together. Helping children to lead a healthy lifestyle begins with parents who lead by example. Treating and preventing obesity in childhood protects your child’s health now and in the future.
BMI is a tool for determining “weight.” BMI is calculated based on size and weight. Your BMI percentile (when your body mass index is far from other people) is then determined based on your gender and age. BMI is calculated based on height and weight of a child. In children and adolescents, BMI is used to determine whether a child or adolescent is underweight, healthy, overweight, or obese. The fat in a child’s body changes with age.
What Causes Obesity in Children:
Children become overweight and obese for various reasons. The common causes are genetic factors, lack of exercise, unhealthy eating habits, or a combination of these factors. In rare cases, being overweight is due to conditions such as hormonal problems. Diseases for the cause of obesity can be ruled out by physical examination, and some blood tests.
Although severe problems occur in families, not all children with a family history of obesity are overweight. Children whose parents or siblings are obese may be at high risk of becoming fat themselves. However, this might be related to family behavior, such as eating habits and activity habits.
There are many reasons why a child is obese. However, in most cases, children are overweight because they eat unhealthy food and live a sedentary lifestyle. If you think your child is overweight because of illness, consult pediatrician, who can do the examination.
The Reason Why More and More Children Become Overweight and Why It Is Increasing :
Obesity in children is a new curse for teenagers. There are several reasons why it almost becomes an epidemic. Let’s see the reason:
Behavioral factors: Eat a heavy portion, eat foods that are high in calories but low in nutrition, spend time watching TV or computers and spend too little time doing physical activity
Environmental factors: Easy access to high-calorie, unhealthy foods, low physical activity, lack of parks and playgrounds in several communities
Genetic factors: Children are at increased risk of obesity if at least one parent is overweight. However, genes do not always mean that children are obese; there are steps that children can take to reduce their risk.
Medications: Taking the wrong medication, along with health problems, can damage the child’s body and cause obesity. Some steroids, and antidepressants and others
Medical conditions: The medical disorders that can cause obesity genetic syndromes like Prader-Willi, and hormonal conditions like hypothyroidism.
Lack of physical activity and food intake: Today, most of the time is spent watching television, computers or video games rather than playing in the open air like parks by children. This must be avoided because physical activity plays a significant role in maintaining a healthy health condition.
Bad eating habits: Inappropriate and unhealthy consumption of junk and oily foods and carbonated drinks must be avoided because they contain fat and fast carbohydrates.
Physical exercise must be mandatory: The school must prescribe exercise and other physical exercises for each student so that they can be physically active.
Good sleep is needed: Children can sleep well when exercising physically. This makes him feel tired and sleep well.
The home environment is another important factor: If a family follows an inactive lifestyle that also includes high-calorie foods, the child is likely to be overweight.
Stressful events: Child is feeling stress at home, examination stress, problems with friends, or family can cause this obesity.
Health Problems Caused Due to Obesity:,
Obese kids have some health risk problems they are:
- Bone and joint problems
- shortness of breath
- Restless sleep or breathing problems at night
- A tendency to mature earlier
- Liver and gallbladder disease
- Cardiovascular diseases
In conclusion, obesity in the children population has risen alarmingly in recent decades. The causes of this epidemic are diverse and include economic, environmental, and genetic factors. Because obesity is a chronic disease, overweight and obese children usually grow into an unhealthy adult. Prevention and intervention strategies need to be developed and used to slow down the adverse effects of childhood obesity that leads to physical, emotional problems in growing adults.
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Dr Venugopal Pareek – Bariatric Surgeon
Dr Venugopal Pareek – Bariatric Surgeon Dr Venugopal Pareek is one of the best Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon in the city has done more than 9000 surgeries in 12 years. Dr Pareek has expertise in Bariatric Surgery. He has attended several conferences and published articles on medicine as well in various national and international journals.